Top White House economic adviser Gary Cohn has been added to the list of high profile departures from the Trump administration.
Cohn is allegedly breaking with Trump over the planned tariffs on our steel and aluminum imports. Perhaps he thinks him leaving will change Trump’s course on the matter? Highly unlikely. Sorry, Gary.
Trump did say he was going to drain the swamp…..looks like he is accomplishing that on both sides!
The Director of the National Economic Council stated, “It has been an honor to serve my country and enact pro-growth economic policies to benefit the American people, in particular the passage of historic tax reform.”
“I am grateful to the president for giving me this opportunity and wish him and the administration great success in the future,” Cohn continued.
The relationship between Cohn and the president seemed to be coming apart in the past couple of weeks with Trump insisting on steep steel and aluminum tariffs, a move Cohn opposed and had spent the better part of the past year trying to stop.
While Cohn had telegraphed his intentions to leave, his exit came abruptly.
Cohn was noticeably absent from a press conference with Trump and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders took his reserved seat instead.
He is expected to stay in the job for several more weeks.
Though Cohn didn’t cite a specific reason for his departure, it had become clear that he and Trump were far apart on the president’s plan to impose steep across-the-board steel and aluminum tariffs.
“Gary has been my chief economic advisor and did a superb job in driving our agenda, helping to deliver historic tax cuts and reforms and unleashing the American economy once again,” said President Trump.
“He is a rare talent, and I thank him for his dedicated service to the American people,” he added.
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