White House Economic Advisor Gary Cohn announced Tuesday he will resign from his West Wing position in the coming weeks.
In a prepared statement, Cohn said:
It has been an honor to serve my country and enact pro-growth economic policies to benefit the American people, in particular the passage of historic tax reform.I am grateful to the President for giving me this opportunity and wish him and the Administration great success in the future.
President Trump released a short statement to the New York Times lauding Cohn’s tenure:
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.
Cohn, a Democrat and free trade advocate, is said to have repeatedly clashed with President Trump over his “America First” economic agenda centered on reciprocal trade policy. Several media outlets are reporting that Cohn’s resignation is due to President Trump’s decision to impose steel tariffs without exception to the United States’ trading partners.