Top White House economic adviser Gary Cohn is openly voicing his concern that President Trump didn’t do enough to condemn the white nationalists responsible for the violence in Charlottesville earlier this month.
“This administration can and must do better in consistently and unequivocally condemning these groups and do everything we can to heal the deep divisions that exist in our communities,” said Cohn in an interview with Financial Times.
Cohn’s associates told the business newspaper that the former banker thought about resigning after Trump’s “both sides” remarks about Charlottesville. Cohn, himself, seemed to hint at this possibility when he told FT about the “enormous pressure” he faces about whether to keep his position.
“As a patriotic American, I am reluctant to leave my post…because I feel a duty to fulfil my commitment to work on behalf of the American people. But I also feel compelled to voice my distress over the events of the last two weeks…Citizens standing up for equality and freedom can never be equated with white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK.”
In the wake of Charlottesville, Trump has tried calling for national unity while also criticizing the media for questioning whether he has actually done enough to rebuke racism. Cohn says he will stay with the administration for now, but he also signaled that he told Trump he wants to see him denounce white supremacists more emphatically.
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