President Trump has announced his intention to nominate C. J. Mahoney as deputy U.S. trade representative handling the issues of investment, services, labor, the environment, Africa, China, and the Western Hemisphere. Mahoney is currently a partner at a law firm focusing on international disputes and arbitration and also teaches a course on international arbitration at Yale Law School. Earlier in his career he clerked at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and at the U.S. Supreme Court.
President Trump has also tapped Ted McKinney as under secretary of agriculture for trade and foreign agricultural affairs, a position created within the Department of Agriculture earlier this year that oversees USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. McKinney has been director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture since 2014. Previously he worked a total of 33 years for two global companies, rising to director of global corporate affairs for one of them. His industry and civic involvements include the International Food Information Council, the U.S. Meat Export Federation, and the International Federation of Animal Health.