Trump’s Chief Economic Adviser Quits Over Tariffs to Protect Steel Industry

By Sahid Fawaz

Another top official in the Trump administration has left for good.

CNN reports:

“President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser Gary Cohn is resigning, the White House announced on Tuesday.

Cohn, who had once been rumored as a potential next chief of staff, will leave the White House in the wake of his fierce disagreement with the President’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Cohn is expected to leave in the coming weeks, the White House said.

‘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. He is a rare talent, and I thank him for his dedicated service to the American people,’ Trump said in a statement.

The New York Times first reported the news.

Cohn’s position with Trump has been tenuous and uncertain since last summer when he spoke out against the President’s comments on Charlottesville. While they smoothed over their relationship during tax reform, it “was never the same,” a person close to the matter says.

As recently as last week, Cohn was still thinking he could hold on — and wanted to, this person says — but losing the tariff fight made clear that it was time to leave, the person said.

‘Trade was the last straw,’ the same person said.”

For the rest of the story, visit CNN.

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