Trump's China team: Who was instrumental in the phase one deal

Trump said it is a 'landmark agreement'

The Trump administration officially signed a phase one trade deal with China on Wednesday at the White House where the president thanked his trade team for its efforts in securing the historic agreement.

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“This really is a landmark agreement,” President Trump said during a speech accompanying the signing.

The deal is intended to do a multitude of things to benefit the U.S. economy, including leveling the playing field for U.S. farmers, protecting U.S. tech companies from intellectual property theft, lifting barriers that have prevented financial companies from competing in China and raising U.S. agricultural exports.

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China will increase imports of American goods and services by at least $200 billion over the course of two years and Beijing will purchase as much as $50 billion worth of agricultural goods per year over the same time frame.

Here’s a look at the members of the administration who were instrumental in securing the deal:

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Robert Lighthizer (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer

Trump joked on Wednesday that Lighthizer hasn’t had much time to sleep between working on the trade deals with China and Mexico and Canada.

Lighthizer said his job has been “tough” so far.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross walks into the East Room of the White House before a news conference with President Trump and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross

Trump called Ross a “legend on Wall Street.”

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks to reporters after giving a classified briefing to members of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

Trump mentioned that Mnuchin has worked with Lighthizer “hand-in-hand.”

Agriculture Secretary-designate, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue arrives to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington to testify at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsiv

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue

Perdue knows agriculture as “well as anybody in the world,” according to Trump.

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro

Trump mentioned that Navarro brings a different point of view to the trade team.

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