Trump’s trade war general faces moment of truth

But on this day, Lighthizer sounded more like an adversary than an ally, dismissing the CEOs’ objections to Trump’s protectionism as the pleading of “special interests.” The verbal clash with the Business Roundtable’s board of directors wasn’t an isolated event. Weeks later, at another private session with corporate chieftains, Lighthizer’s indifference to concerns about the probable costs of the president’s plan to confront China left members of the US-China Business Council similarly dismayed.