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Peter Navarro Biography, Age, Family, Wife, Children, and Net Worth
Who is Peter Navarro?
Peter Navarro (Peter Kent Navarro) is an American author and economist. Peter served as the president’s assistant during the Trump administration. Additionally, Navarro was a Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy and the coordinator of the national Defense Production Act policy.
Previously Peter served as the Director of the White House National Trade Council and Deputy Assistant to the President. The Trade Council was a newly created entity in the White House Office until it was folded into the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy in April 2017.
Peter is a professor of public policy and economics at the University of California, Irvine, and Paul Merage School of Business. Navarro is the author of Death by China, amongst other publications. Peter ran for office in San Diego, California, five unsuccessful times.
Navarro, a strong proponent of reducing U.S. trade deficits, is a known German and China critic. He has accused both countries of currency manipulation. Peter calls for an increase in the size of the American manufacturing sector and setting high tariffs. Additionally, Navarro is a multilateral free trade agreement, vocal opponent. He opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and NAFTA.
A ruling in December 2020 from the US Office of Special Counsel said that Navarro violated the Hatch Act repeatedly. He used his capacity to influence elections against Joe Biden during their presidential campaign.
How Old Is Peter Navarro?
Navarro was born on 15th July 1949. He is 72 years of age as of 2021. Peter shares his birthday with celebrities such as Eddie Griffin, Forest Whitaker, Brigitte Nielsen, Patrick Wayne, Millie Jackson, Celia Imrie, and Arianna Huffington, among others.
Peter Navarro’s Family
Who Are Peter Navarro’s Parents?
Peter is the son of Alfred “Al” Navarro and Evelyn Littlejohn. He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His father was a saxophonist and clarinetist, who led a house band that played winters in Florida and summers in New Hampshire. Evelyn, her mother was a Saks Fifth Avenue secretary in Florida.
Peter’s parents divorced when he was about 10 years and peter lived with his mother.
Does Peter Navarro Have Siblings?
Navarro had a brother who is not mentioned to the media. The two brothers grew up together in Bethesda, Maryland their mother.
Peter Navarro Education
Navarro schooled at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School where he graduated. He later went to Tufts University on an academic scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1972. Peter spent three of his years in Thailand serving in the U.S. Peace Corps.
In 1979, Navarro earned a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He also earned a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard under the supervision of Richard E. Caves in 1986.
Peter Navarro’s Spouse(s)
Navarro was involved in a romantic relationship with Leslie Lebon, a California architect and the couple tied knots in 2001. They lived in Laguna Beach while Peter was a professor at UC Irvine.
Lebon filed for a divorce in 2018 in Orange County and the divorce was finalized two years later. The couple officially divorced in December 2020.
Does Peter Navarro Have Children?
Navarro has no children of his own. He adopted Lebon’s son when he got married in 2001.
How Tall is Peter Navarro?
Adding to his well-built body, Navarro stands at a height of 1.75 meters.
Peter Navarro Career
Starting from 1981 to 1985, Navarro worked as a research associate at Harvard’s Energy and Environmental Policy Center. Peter served as a teacher from 1985 and 1988 at the University of California, San Diego, and the University of San Diego. He moved as a professor to the University of California, Irvine in 1989. Peter served there for over 20 years. Currently, he is a professor emeritus. Navarro has served on energy issues and relationships between Asia and the US.
Peter Navarro’s Publications
Navarro authored a book as a doctoral student in 1984. The novel is entitled The Policy Game: How Special Interests and Ideologues are Stealing America. Peter with Frank Harris did research on the topic of wind energy.
Navarro authored the book The Coming China Wars which was published by FT Press in 2006. Economist Peter wrote a book Death by China in 2011 accusing China of its cheap currency.
Peter produced and directed a documentary film in 2012 on his novel Death by China. The movie was under the title Death by China and was narrated by Martin Sheen. Peter was a frequent guest on the radio program The John Batchelor Show from 2011 until 2016.
Peter Navarro in Politics
Navarro ran for office in San Diego, California, five unsuccessful times while he was a teacher at UC Irvine. He ran for mayor in 1992, finished first in the primary but lost to Susan Golding in the runoff.
Peter ran for the San Diego city council in 1993 and for the San Diego County board of supervisors in 1994. He lost both elections.
Navarro ran as the Democratic Party nominee in 1996 for the 49th Congressional District. Hillary Clinton, by then-First Lady, endorsed Navarro. Peter lost the election to Brian Bilbray, a Republican candidate.
During a 2001 special election to fill the District 6 San Diego city council seat, Peter lost with a margin of 7.85% of the vote.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, Peter supported Hillary Clinton. Later he supported Barack Obama‘s adoption of wind energy, and carbon taxes in order to stop global warming and phase-out of incandescent light bulbs.
Peter re-registered as a Republican in February 2018.
Navarro as a Campaign Advisor
Peter was an economic advisor to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. He supported an isolationist and protectionist American foreign policy. Together with Wilbur Ross, Navarro wrote an economic plan for the Trump campaign in September 2016.
Peter, Andy Puzder, and Wilbur Ross co-authored an essay, Economic Analysis of Donald Trump’s Contract with the American Voter in October 2016.
Peter As a Trade Advisor
Trump selected Navarro on 21st December 2016 as the director of the White House National Trade Council. During Trump’s administration, Peter was a trade hawkish advisor. Trump administration was starting the China–United States trade war.
The National Trade Council became part of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy in April 2017. It was folded to National Economic Council by September 2017. Peter was to report to NEC Director Gary Cohn.
Navarro led a diplomatic effort at the Third Extraordinary Congress of the Universal Postal Union in September 2019. The agreement allowed member countries to opt-in to self-declare their rates from July 2020.
Peter continued his support and advocated for trade restrictionist policies. He worked closely with the DHS to initiate a crackdown on pirated e-commerce and counterfeited goods from abroad.
Peter During the Covid19 Pandemic
Navarro issued a warning memo on 29th January 2020. He claimed that the novel coronavirus could “evolve to a full-blown pandemic. peter wrote another memo on 23rd February 2020 about the outbreak.
Trump appointed Navarro on 27th March 2020 to coordinate the federal government’s Defense Production Act policy. The policy was a response to the Covid-19 pandemic. virologist Steven Hatfill was Navarro’s advisor with regard to the coronavirus pandemic. Navaro disputed with the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, over the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat the coronavirus.
Peter promoted domestic production of supplies related to the pandemic in addition to a general nationalist agenda.
Administration officials terminated a contract in August 2020 for the purchase of 42,900 ventilators for use in the pandemic negotiated by Navarro.
Navarro’s Trade Views
Peter has been a long-term critic of trade with China. He strongly proposes the reduction of U.S. trade deficits. Navarro has attacked China, Germany, and Japan for the manipulation of currency. Additionally, Peter calls for the increase in the size of the American manufacturing sector, repatriating global supply chains, and setting high tariffs.
Navarro strongly opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He asserted that the tariffs of ongoing China–United States trade war were not a threat and did not hurt Americans in August 2019.
Peter is a big supporter of border adjustment, a tax policy commonly used in the VATs of most countries.
Navarro strongly proposes the notion that trade deficits are bad in and of themselves. The notion is greatly opposed by economists and trade experts. Tyler Cowen describes Peter’s views on the trade deficit as dodgy economics.
Peter Navarro’s Net Worth
Navarro has accrued an estimated net worth of about $5 million dollars from his long-term