Peter Navarro

Peter Navarro quoted a made-up economist in his books on China

White House National Trade Council Director Peter Navarro
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Top Trump administration economic adviser Peter Navarro made up an economist he has quoted regularly in his books named Ron Vara, Tom Bartlett writes in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

"Those who know Navarro well, [Greg] Autry says, were fully aware that Ron Vara was a phony source who often popped up in his books. He said Vara was Navarro’s 'alter ego,' an 'everyman character' who dispenses cutesy business aphorisms as well as dire warnings about Chinese food."

Massive companies won't pull out of China

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A top executive of a U.S.-based multinational is pushing back hotly against a White House official's assertion that companies are preparing to pull production out of China as part of President Trump's squeeze there.

The state of play: On ABC's "This Week," White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said that during an Oval Office meeting with a group of executives, "We heard from these business leaders: ... 'Just give us some time to December 15th. And, by the way, we are taking all of our sourcing production facilities out of China, and we will continue to do that.'"