‘I thank him for his dedicated service to the American people,’ says president
MARCH 6, 2018
Gary Cohn, President Trump’s top economic adviser, is going to leave the administration in the coming weeks.
The New York Times, which was first to report the news, says “no single reason” is prompting Cohn to quit but the decision comes after the struggle inside the White House over tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.
Why it matters per Axios’ Jonathan Swan: There’s now a grand total of zero people inside the West Wing with heft to take the anti-tariff fight to the president. Trump has cancelled a meeting with companies that use steel and aluminum that Cohn was arranging.
- Why it matters: There will probably never be a “globalist” in Trump’s West Wing who has Cohn’s heft, and there are now zero powerful West Wing voices willing to spend all their political capital to persuade the president to kill these tariffs.