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Top Commerce trade official resigns

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Gilbert Kaplan

Gilbert Kaplan, the Commerce Department’s top trade enforcement official, resigned Thursday, further underscoring the turmoil that has gripped the agency under the leadership of Secretary Wilbur Ross.

The departure of Kaplan, who served as undersecretary for international trade, was confirmed by a Commerce Department spokesperson. He had held the post since March 2018.

Two people said Kaplan’s resignation was effective immediately. It is unclear what prompted Kaplan’s departure.

Kaplan’s position put him in charge of the International Trade Administration, a 2,100-person agency which oversees enforcement of U.S. trade laws, export promotion activities and other issues. Kaplan was also involved in the administration’s trade talks with China.

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