Trump’s U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lightizer is spending almost a million dollars on new office furniture- and he’s saying it’s the Obama administration’s fault.
This is a significant change from the last two officials who held the office.
Ron Kirk, who was Obama’s first pick for the position, spent approximately $237,000 to furnish his office. Obama’s second pick, Ambassador Michael Froman, spent about $151,000.
When Lightizer was asked about the large expenditure, his office said it was because those who served under Obama had this planned all along.
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“The furniture purchases are the culmination of a longtime, planned project that began under the Obama Administration to replace two-decade-old furniture,” a statement from Lightizer’s office claimed.
One of the former aides says that it’s “laughable” that Lightizer would try to place the blame on the Obama administration.
“We told 11 other countries that we were going to do a trade deal with them, and the Trump administration found the power to unwind that,” the trade official said. “So furniture purchases cannot be as binding as a trade agreement that the president of the United States signed.”
“It’s just laughable,” he added.
At least two furniture companies have also claimed that the plans for the large purchases have been in the works since before Trump- while that’s being denied by those from the Obama administration.
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