On Tuesday, news surfaced that Gary Cohn, the head of President Donald Trump’s National Economic Council, announced that he would resign.
His departure will come within weeks, and it lands just after the president proposed steep steel and aluminum tariffs that Cohn, himself a Democrat with free trade inclinations, reportedly sought to prevent.
The White House, according to The New York Times, claimed no single issue prompted his departure. Cohn reportedly only planned to stay in the administration for about a year.
“I am grateful to the president for giving me this opportunity and wish him and the administration great success in the future,” Cohn said, according to ABC News.
He also said he was pleased “pro-growth economic policies to benefit the American people, in particular the passage of historic tax reform.”
Cohn reportedly took issue with Trump’s controversial response to the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, and blocked efforts to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a deal Trump has repeatedly criticized.
In a statement, Trump praised Cohn as a “rare talent” and thanked him for his service.
“Gary has been my chief economic adviser and did a superb job in driving our agenda, helping to deliver historic tax cuts and reforms and unleashing the American economy once again,” Trump said.
Cohn and others, including congressional Republicans, warned about the tariffs’ economic consequences.
Cohn has now joined the ranks of dozens of other Trump administration officials who left — or been removed from — their post.