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Arlington, Va. — Today, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President and CEO Eric Fanning released the following statement applauding the U.S. Senate vote to confirm United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai:

“We congratulate United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai, the first woman of color to serve in the role, on her confirmation. With years of experience in international trade, including previous work in the USTR Office of the General Counsel, Ambassador Tai has the expertise needed to boost U.S. economic relations across the globe. Trade relationships and access to international markets are essential to the aerospace and defense industry, helping support our more than 2 million U.S. jobs and our trade surplus of over $79 billion in 2019 alone. We look forward to working with the ambassador to strengthen American leadership and competitiveness in the global marketplace.”

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