Gary Cohn, President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out ‘subversion’ at VA MORE ‘s top economic adviser, is reportedly stepping down.
The New York Times reported Tuesday that Cohn decided to resign over Trump’s proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.
Trump told the Times that Cohn, the head of the National Economic Council, “did a superb job” in his position.
“Gary has been my chief economic adviser and did a superb job in driving our agenda, helping to deliver historic tax cuts and reforms and unleashing the American economy once again,” Trump said. “He is a rare talent, and I thank him for his dedicated service to the American people.”
White House officials told the Times that there was no single factor prompting Cohn’s departure, which will take place sometime in the coming weeks.
The announcement of Cohn’s departure comes just days after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that she did not believe Cohn would resign over the tariffs.
The former Goldman Sachs president was rumored to have been considering leaving the White House after Trump last week announced he would impose a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports – a decision Cohn argued against for more than a year, fearing they would start a trade war.
Speculation over Cohn leaving the administration has flared up on multiple occasions during his White House career. He was said to have drafted a resignation letter following Trump’s comments that there were good people on “both sides” of the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. last August.
Many also believed Cohn would step down after the GOP tax overhaul was passed.
Cohn’s is just the latest White House departure, after communications director Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksJohn Kelly – like this whole White House – is done Mueller interviews former Trump legal spokesman: report Liberals undermine #MeToo with partisan attacks MORE announced last Thursday that she would resign.
Trump had dismissed reports of White House chaos amid the high-level departures earlier on Tuesday, saying during a joint press conference that “everybody” wants to work in the White House.
“The White House has tremendous energy, it has tremendous spirit. It is a great place to be working. Many, many people want every single job,” Trump said. “Believe me, everybody wants to work in the White House. They all want a piece of that Oval Office, they all want a piece of the West Wing.”
Updated 6:00 p.m.