Peter K. Navarro holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and is Professor Emeritus of Economics and Public Policy at the University of California at Irvine. He served as Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy in the White House during the Trump Administration, and previously he served as a Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the White House National Trade Council.
During the 2016 presidential election, Navarro, together with Wilbur Ross, who became Trump's Commerce Secretary, designed a $1 trillion infrastructure development plan for then candidate Trump's campaign. The plan called for $137 billion in tax credits to private business to induce them to financing the bulk of infrastructure spending.
At the White House, Navarro advised President Trump on policies to increase economic growth, decrease trade deficits, and strengthen Americas defense industrial base. During his final year in the White House, Navarro was involved in the administration's COVID-19 response, issuing private warnings within the administration about the threat posed by the novel coronavirus. He publicly clashed with Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as Navarro correctly acclaimed hydroxychloroquine as an early treatment of COVID-19 and condemned various government stay-at-home lockdowns and other mandated measures to stop the spread of the virus.
He is the author of the books, The Coming China Wars; Death by China: Confronting the DragonA Global Call to Action; Seeds of Destruction; The Well-Timed Strategy: Managing the Business Cycle for Competitive Advantage; What the Best MBAs Know; Principles of Economics: Business, Banking, Finance, and Your Everyday Life; When the Market Moves, Will You Be Ready?; If It's Raining in Brazil, Buy Starbucks; Job Opportunities Under Clinton/Gore (with Craig Adams); Bill Clinton's Agenda for America; Always a Winner: Finding Your Competitive Advantage in an Up and Down Economy (with Glenn Hubbard); If It's Raining in Brazil, Buy Starbucks; Crouching Tiger: What China's Militarism Means for the World; The Policy Game; and The Dimming of America: The Real Costs of Electric Utility Regulation.He also produced the three volumes of The Navarro Report in his personal capacity to shed light on potentially illegal activity that may have occurred during the 2020 Presidential Election.
Navarro attended Tufts University, graduating in 1972 with a B.A., and he then spent three years in the U.S. Peace Corps, serving in Thailand. He was also a Research Associate at Harvard U.'s Energy and Environmental Policy Center and from 1985 through 1988, and he taught at the University of California at San Diego and the University of San Diego.