President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser Gary Cohn has stepped down from his position. The resignation comes during increasing rifts over the direction of the administration’s economic policy.
Gary Cohn was the director of White House’s National Economic Council and announced his resignation on Tuesday weeks after the speculation floated that President Trump and he have moved far apart on trade policy.
In a 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,” he concluded.
Upon news of Cohn’s resignation on Tuesday night, President Trump claimed that there are “many people” who are looking to step up and serve as the next chief economic adviser to Trump.
Trump mentioned in a tweet, “Will be making a decision soon on the appointment of new Chief Economic Advisor. Many people wanting the job – will choose wisely!”
Cohn posted his resignation earlier Tuesday after the dispute over trade policy with Trump. Cohn has long fought Trump’s plan to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum.
On Tuesday afternoon, a joint press conference was held with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. During the press conference, the President told reporters that “everybody” is looking for an opportunity to working in the White House despite a recent string of exits among top advisers.
“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 stated.
“I could take any position in the White House and I’ll have a choice of the 10 top people having to do with that position, everybody wants to be there,” he added.
Hope Hicks who is the communications director at the White House also announced his resignation last week along with communications official Josh Raffel.
Trump said in a statement, “Gary has been my chief economic advisor 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 concluded.