(Bloomberg) — Gilbert Kaplan, a key figure in enforcing trade rules for the Trump administration as undersecretary for international trade at the U.S. Commerce Department, resigned on Thursday, according to people familiar with the matter.
A spokesperson for the Commerce Department declined to comment, and Kaplan couldn’t be immediately reached.
His resignation came on the same day that U.S. and Chinese trade deputies resumed in-person trade talks in Washington, which are expected to continue Friday.
As under secretary, Kaplan led the 2,100-strong International Trade Administration tasked with monitoring unfair global competition from dumping and subsidies, enforcing U.S. trade laws and boosting America’s trade competitiveness.
Kaplan filed and prosecuted the first successful anti-subsidy case ever against China in 2007 under the George W. Bush administration, and he also worked at Commerce in the Reagan presidency, according to the department’s website.
Prior to being confirmed for his latest role in March 2018, Kaplan was a partner at King & Spalding and part of the International Trade Practice Group.
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