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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

16 Dec 2017

NAFTA Washington talks said to leave major differences untouched

WASHINGTON NAFTA negotiatiors made some progress on less controversial issues this week but left untouched the thorniest subjects of autos, dispute settlement and an expiry clause to be tackled at pivotal talks in January in Montreal.

15 Dec 2017

U.S. trade chief hails WTO splinter groups as victory

WASHINGTON The World Trade Organization failed to conclude any new agreements at its biennial meeting this week, but U.S. President Donald Trump's trade chief is hailing as a victory the formation of factions by some WTO countries to push their own interests.

14 Dec 2017

WTO meeting ends in discord, ministers urge smaller-scale trade talks

BUENOS AIRES/WASHINGTON The World Trade Organization failed to reach any new agreements on Wednesday, ending a three-day ministerial conference in discord in the face of stinging U.S. criticism of the group and vetoes from other countries.

12 Dec 2017

U.S., EU, Japan to join forces on Chinese excess capacity: source

BUENOS AIRES/WASHINGTON The United States, European Union and Japan are expected to announce a joint effort on Tuesday aimed at confronting China over its excess industrial capacity and other trade practices, a source close to the discussions said.

09 Dec 2017

'Worker bee' round of NAFTA talks to focus on easier chapters

WASHINGTON NAFTA trade negotiators convene in Washington next week for a limited round of talks unlikely to move the needle on major sticking points, but aimed at demonstrating some progress towards closing easier chapters.

08 Dec 2017

Trump's trade chief gets his chance to confront WTO nemesis

WASHINGTON/GENEVA After railing against the World Trade Organization for years, U.S. President Donald Trump's trade chief will get a chance to stare down his WTO counterparts over Trump's "America First" trade agenda.

06 Dec 2017

U.S. slaps duties on Vietnamese steel originating from China

WASHINGTON The U.S. Commerce Department on Tuesday slapped steep import duties on steel products from Vietnam that originated in China after finding they evaded U.S. anti-dumping and anti-subsidy orders.

01 Dec 2017

U.S. formally opposes China market economy status at WTO

WASHINGTON The United States has formally told the World Trade Organization (WTO) that it opposes granting China market economy status, a position that if upheld would allow Washington to maintain high anti-dumping duties on Chinese goods.

30 Nov 2017

Mexico economy minister says U.S. NAFTA autos proposal 'not viable'

WASHINGTON Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said on Wednesday that demands by the Trump administration for a U.S.-specific automotive content requirement in NAFTA was "not viable," and declined to specify when Mexico would formally respond.

29 Nov 2017

U.S. Commerce Department 'self-initiates' dumping probe of Chinese aluminum

WASHINGTON The Trump administration launched an aggressive new trade action against imports of Chinese aluminum alloy sheet on Tuesday, the first U.S.-initiated anti-subsidy and anti-dumping probes in decades, drawing a strong reaction from Beijing.


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