Billionaire financier Wilbur Ross was sworn in as President Donald Trump’s Commerce Secretary on Tuesday after easily being confirmed by the Senate.
Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office to Ross after the Senate voted 72 to 27 in favor of his confirmation on Monday.
Twenty-one Democratic Senators joined with all of the Republicans in the chamber to approve Ross’ nomination.
During his confirmation hearing, Ross expressed support for “sensible trade,” noting he has had direct experience with unfair trade in the steel, textile, and auto parts businesses and other sectors.
“I also understand that at the end of the day, each of our trading partners want access to our market. The United States should provide that access to nations who agree to play by our standards of fair trade,” Ross said. “We should not put up with malicious trading activities, state owned enterprises, or subsidized production.”
“So I am not anti-trade. I am pro trade,” he added. “But I am pro…