Following President Donald Trump’s highly criticized “both sides” response to the violence in Charlottesville, chief economic advisor Gary Cohn raised eyebrows when he said in an interview that Trump “must do better” at “condemning” hate groups. It was also reported that Cohn drafted a resignation letter after Trump’s comments, indicating he was on the cusp of leaving, forcing Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to remark that Cohn was committed to the administration.
During an interview this morning on Fox Business over the administration’s tax reform efforts, Cohn was asked by host Stuart Varney if the gossip was accurate and he was only sticking around the White House to get tax cuts done. And Cohn’s answer pretty much confirmed that was the case.
“Tax cuts are really important to me,” the former Goldman Sachs chief said. “It is a once in a lifetime opportunity. We haven’t done tax cut in 31 years.”
He continued, “To be part of an administration to get something done that hasn’t been done for 30 years is enormously challenging and interesting to me. I’m very excited about being part of that team that is able to work on something that important to our economy and the citizens of the country.”
So, yeah, if the opportunity to get tax cuts weren’t right there for the taking, it doesn’t sound like Cohn would still be in this administration.
Meanwhile, the Washington Post reported last night that President Trump is pretty peeved at Cohn right now but has resisted firing him as Cohn is seen as “the face” of the administration’s tax reform push.
Watch the clip above, via Fox Business.
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