Top economic adviser Gary Cohn is leaving the White House after breaking with President Donald Trump on trade policy, the latest in a string of high-level departures from the West Wing.
Cohn, the director of the National Economic Council, has been the leading internal opponent to Trump's planned tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum, working to orchestrate an eleventh-hour effort in recent days to get Trump to reverse course. But Trump resisted those efforts, and reiterated Tuesday he will be imposing tariffs in the coming days.
In a statement issued by the White House, Trump said: "Gary has been my main economic adviser and has done a great job in running our agenda, helping with the historic tax cuts and reforms and reinvigorated the American economy. I am grateful for his dedication to the American people.
"White House Chief of Staff John Kelly also praised Cohn." Gary has served the country in a great way, dedicating his expertise and leadership to fostering the American economy and passing on historic tax reforms. I will lose him as a partner in the White House, but he goes after making a real impact on the lives of the American people, "said John Kelly.
Source: VOA news