The White House said on Thursday that senior economic adviser Gary Cohn plans to remain Trump’s top man on the economy despite voicing “disgust” with Trump’s comments about the racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend.
“Nothing has changed,” a White House official said. “Gary is focused on his responsibilities as NEC [National Economic Council] director and any reports to the contrary are 100 percent false.”
Cohn, who is Jewish, was reportedly “disgusted” by President Trump’s comments on racial violence in Charlottesville, as the president claimed “many sides” were to blame for the incident. Many CEOs serving on Trump’s various economic councils have left their positions this week out of moral disagreement with the president.
Asked whether Mr. Cohn had discussed his concerns with the president, the official said, “We’re not going to comment on internal conversations.”
President Trump condemned the hatred and violence of the “alt-right” but also said people of the “alt-left” are to blame.
Trump this week repeated what he said on Saturday, which is that both sides are guilty of violence and hate. He said the reason he didn’t call out David Duke originally is that he did not know the former leader of the KKK was at the event. “I want the facts before I make a statement,” said Trump, who claims he did not know all the facts about the event when he made his comments.
President Trump said the “alt-left” had people at the Virginia park Saturday who came prepared to fight with clubs and bats. “How about them? Do they have any responsibility?” he asked.
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