White House to pull key candidate from agricultural trade

Trevino’s nomination has received support from industry groups: A coalition of more than 170 farm and agricultural organizations sent a letter in October to the Senate finance chairman. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and ranking member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) urging the committee to send Trevion’s nomination to the Senate for a vote “as soon as possible.”

Trevino also lined up a slew of lawmakers to send letters on his behalf, a move other administration officials later said they found odd and seemed unprofessional, according to two Biden officials familiar with the matter. ‘case.

The lobbying campaign did not help. Six months later, Trevino has still not been heard by the Senate Finance Committee. The White House, USTR and Wyden’s office all declined to comment on the delay. And Trevino, who quit his job at the Almond Alliance months ago, also did not respond to recent emails and phone calls from reporters seeking information. When responding earlier, Trevino sent POLITICO back to the White House for comment.

Asked about the issues surrounding Trevino’s appointment on Monday night, neither Wyden nor Crapo offered details.

Crapo said in an interview that he was aware there were issues with Trevino’s appointment, but he didn’t know what they were.

Republican lawmakers and some Democrats have grown frustrated with the prolonged and unexplained inability to fill the position.

Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley earlier Tuesday, he lambasted “the lackadaisical approach this administration has taken to trade and in particular without putting enough emphasis on agriculture.”

Another key agricultural trade position — the USDA’s undersecretary of commerce — has been without a Senate-confirmed leader since Biden took office. The White House had considered a man with extensive business ties for the role, but he pulled out in recent weeks after being told he would have to divest much of his financial holdings, according to an official. USDA and a lobbyist.

“What is Biden waiting for?” Grassley asked. “Why is it taking so long to fill some of these key positions in agriculture? »


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