Gary Cohn Slams Former White House Colleagues Wilbur Ross, Peter Navarro: ‘Living in Chaos’

Former White House chief economic advisor Gary Cohn is slamming several of his former coworkers in the Trump Administration, saying they’re turning the White House into “a chaotic organization.”

In an interview with Freakonomics Radio, Cohn bashed National Trade Council Director Peter Navarro and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross by arguing that they are losing America’s trade wars by leading President Donald Trump into an ongoing tariff battle. Cohn also revealed that he left the White House after Navarro and Ross set up a secret meeting with steel and aluminum industry chiefs to let them know in advance about Trump’s tariffs on imported metal.

“What happened in the White House is we got to a point, unfortunately, where one or two people decided that they were going to no longer be part of a process and a debate,” said Cohn. “When the process breaks down, then you’re, sort of, in my mind, living in chaos. I don’t want to live in a chaotic organization.”

Cohn also said Navarro is the “only one in the world” who thinks tariffs are a good thing for the American economy, and that last year’s trade deficit shows Trump is losing on international economics.

“Did it hurt the Chinese at all? We had record trade deficits…The president needs a win. The only big open issue right now that he could claim as a big win that he’d hope would have a big impact on the stock market would be a Chinese resolution. Getting the trade deficit down I will never say is easy, but of the issues on the table, that’s relatively easier.”

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