President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser Gary Cohn resigned this week, the White House announced on Tuesday.
However, Cohn strongly disagrees with the new tariffs on steel and aluminum that were implemented this week.
The move to implement tariffs shouldn’t come to a surprise to anyone. Trump ran for president as a populist conservative who opposed trade deals such as NAFTA and open to new tariffs. He also criticized Hillary Clinton for being in bed with Goldman Sachs. However, Trump himself appointed Cohn and fellow GS alum Steve Mnuchin to his administration.
This move also comes only a few days before the March 13th special election in the Pittsburgh-based Pennsylvania’s 13th congressional district. The Republican nominee for the district, Rick Saccone, supports the new tariffs.
President Trump and Vice President Pence both commented on the departure.
Will be making a decision soon on the appointment of new Chief Economic Advisor. Many people wanting the job – will choose wisely!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 7, 2018
Gary Cohn did a great job as @POTUS’s Director of the National Economic Council – helping pass the largest tax reforms in U.S. history, cutting job-killing regs & spurring our economy. Thank you Gary for your tireless work on behalf of the American people.
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) March 7, 2018
“Believe me, everybody wants to work in the White House,” President Trump declared just hours before Gary Cohn, President Trump’s top economic adviser, resigned.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 7, 2018