CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin on Tuesday blasted newly-resigned White House economic adviser Gary Cohn for not leaving the Trump administration after Charlottesville.
Cohn, Toobin pointed out, “made a big show of being disgusted” with President Donald Trump after he claimed there were “very fine people on both sides” including that of the white supremacists at the August 12 rally that led to the death of a counter-protester. The adviser reportedly considered resigning after Trump’s comments that appeared to equivocate on the side of neo-Nazis and Klansmen, but ultimately to stay to undertake the “opportunity” of rewriting the tax code.
Though sources that spoke to the New York Times insisted Cohn was not resigning for a specific reason, his departure came days after reported clashes with the president over the latter’s decision to impose steel and aluminum tariffs.
“He managed to stomach the racism, what he couldn’t take was tariffs,” Toobin mused. “If you wanna weight the moral imperitives of the two, it really doesn’t reflect all that well on Gary Cohn.”
Watch below, via CNN:
Jeffrey Toobin remarks how Gary Cohn didn’t resign after President Trump’s Charlottesville remarks: “He managed to stomach the racism, what he couldn’t take was tariffs” https://t.co/Nuot7Ovk1X pic.twitter.com/WNyRt6cnmk
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