Gary Cohn to Resign Amid Dispute Over Tariffs

 Andrew Soergel

GARY COHN, THE DIRECTOR of President Donald Trump's National Economic Council and one of the most prominent pro-globalization voices within the president's circle, reportedly intends to resign in a spat with the president over his insistence on enacting tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

Cohn, who resigned as president of Goldman Sachs to serve as Trump's top economic advisor, is expected to step down in the coming weeks, according to White House officials who spoke with The New York Times.

He will be the latest in a long line of high-profile departures from a Trump administration that to this point is just over a year old. White House communications director Hope Hicks abruptly resigned less than a week earlier.

Reports of Cohn's imminent departure cropped up repeatedly during his tenure as the president's economic pointman. And rumors reached a fever pitch in August following Trump's reaction to a racially charged rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one protester dead.

Trump at the time suggested there were great people "on both sides" of the event attended by white nationalists. Cohn, who is Jewish, was reportedly uncomfortable with Trump's comments following an event at which attendees chanted "Jews will not replace us."

This time, however, Cohn's departure appears to be more concrete. He is believed to have been exasperated by the president's decision to enact tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum – which could formally be implemented as soon as this week. The decision reportedly pitted Cohn and more globalist-leaning factions of the White House against those favoring more protectionism, including Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

The news comes just hours after Trump insisted there wasn't any chaos within the White House and that it is "just a great place to work."

"They all want a piece of that Oval Office," Trump said during a news conference alongside Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven Tuesday afternoon.

Earlier in the day, Trump tweeted that "people will always come and go" and that he has "some people that I want to change" but that there was "no chaos" at the White House. Similarly, he said Tuesday afternoon that "there will be people that change," though he refused to offer any specifics.

"They always change. Sometimes they want to go out and do something else, but they all want to be in the White House," Trump said. "I have a choice of anybody."

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