Trump Organization's top attorney named to administration post

Trump Organization's top attorney named to administration post
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The Trump Organization's top attorney will represent President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls Sri Lankan prime minister following church bombings Ex-Trump lawyer: Mueller knew Trump had to call investigation a 'witch hunt' for 'political reasons' The biggest challenge from the Mueller Report depends on the vigilance of everyone MORE's administration in its international negotiations, the transition team announced Tuesday.

Trump has tapped Jason Greenblatt, the Trump Organization's executive vice president and chief legal officer, as his special representative for international negotiations (SRIN).

In a statement, the president-elect sang Greenblatt's praises as one of his "closest and most trusted advisors."

"He has a history of negotiating substantial, complex transactions on my behalf, as well as the expertise to bring parties together and build consensus on difficult and sensitive topics," Trump said.

"His talents lend themselves perfectly to the role I have asked him to play, assisting on international negotiations of all types, and trade deals around the world.”

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It's not immediately clear how Trump will utilize Greenblatt, as his administration has created the SRIN position.

But the press release notes that Greenblatt served as a top campaign adviser to Trump on the U.S.-Israel relationship, so it's possible he could play a role in the administration's work with the ally.

Presumably, Trump's Cabinet secretaries will play key roles in negotiating relevant deals in domestic, economic and foreign spaces. But along with Greenblatt, Trump has tapped confidants to play key negotiating roles. 

Earlier this month he brought on Peter Navarro, a University of California professor and economist, for a new role as director of trade and industrial policy. And he’s floated the prospect that his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, could help to broker peace in the Middle East.

Trump has not yet named his pick for United States Trade Representative, a position that has traditionally taken the lead negotiating trade deals and is currently a Cabinet-level position.