Moyshe Silk Up for Installation as Assistant Treasury Secretary

NEW YORKSenate confirmation hearings for undersecretaries rarely make headline news. However, for Boro Park’s Orthodox community to see one of its own on the cusp of being elevated to one of the Treasury’s most senior positions is certainly a development of note.

Moyshe (Mitchell) Silk – after a long and successful career as a corporate lawyer specializing in energy, infrastructure and China – joined the Treasury Department’s Office of International Affairs in 2017. Since then, he has spent a much time trotting the globe in an effort to represent and promote U.S. financial interests abroad.

Readers might recall that shortly after his initial appointment, a Hamodia feature offered a sketch of Mr. Silk’s unique life story as, most likely, the world’s only Nadvorna chassid to hold such a portfolio of expertise.

This past week, he appeared before the Senate committee for Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. That committee currently is weighing President Donald Trump’s nomination that Mr. Silk be formally installed as Assistant Secretary for International Markets and Development.

The committee’s Chairman, Mike Crapo (R-ID), offered brief words of introduction for Mr. Silk, noting that he has “served with distinction” and been a “key voice in trade negotiations energy and infrastructure finance, export credit and financial services.”

He also noted Mr. Silk’s fluency in both Mandarin and Cantonese. These language skills have overlapped with the Senator’s initial sketch of Mr. Silk’s work for the administration, as he has been among the negotiators at talks with China throughout the ongoing “trade war.”

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