U.S. casts only 'nay' for WTO candidate
The World Trade Organization's effort to select a leader and chart a new course for the global trading system hit a roadblock Wednesday after the Trump administration vetoed a bid by front-runner Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who is a U.S. citizen, to be the organization's next director-general. Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Dennis Shea said Washington won't join a consensus to appoint Okonjo-Iweala because the U.S. supports her opponent, South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee, according to World Trade Organization spokesman Keith Rockwell. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has pushed for Yoo even though Okonjo-Iweala gained American citizenship in 2019. Sources close to him say he...
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