Top White House economic adviser Gary Cohn is facing pressure from his colleagues to leave the administration according to reports Friday. Some sources say that Cohn went as far as drafting a resignation letter, as well as meeting with the President early Friday morning.
While it is unclear whether or not the letter was submitted to President Trump, Cohn has since denied these reports, saying that he is staying with the administration.
He also making public his concerns with the administration’s response to the Charlottesville, Va., violence, in an interview with The Financial Times which apparently was approved in advance.
In that interview, Cohn sought to clear the air. But at the same time, he seemed to put some distance between him and others in the administration with regard to the Charlottesville response.
“As a Jewish American, I will not allow neo-Nazis ranting ‘Jews will not replace us’ to cause this Jew to leave his job,” Cohn said to The Financial Times.
Trump came under unreasonable fire for saying “both sides” were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville earlier this month. At his campaign-style rally in Phoenix, Ariz., this week, the President targetted the media’s take on his initial condemnation of the violence when he said he “openly called for healing unity and love.”
Cohn said he felt “compelled to voice my distress” over Charlottesville, and said “citizens standing up for equality and freedom can never be equated with white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK.”
Cohn told The Financial Times that the Trump 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.”
Cohn has often been cast in the media as a top adversary to Trump deputies like chief strategist Steve Bannon, who left the administration last week.