Triumphant Gary Cohn: ‘I’m Staying’ in Donald Trump Administration

In this Nov. 29, 2016 photo, Goldman Sachs COO Gary Cohn arrives at Trump Tower in New York, for a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump. Trump is expected to pick Cohn to lead the White House National Economic Council, according to two people informed of the decision. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
AP Photo/Evan Vucci

White House economic adviser Gary Cohn said he will remain in the Trump administration, despite rumors that he would leave after tax reform passed.

“I’m staying,” he said shortly in an interview with Axios reporter Mike Allen after celebrating the successful push for tax reform. The House and Senate passed the bill on Tuesday.

Cohn said he looked forward to pushing forward on President Trump’s economic agenda in 2018, including welfare reform and infrastructure spending.

“The last year of my life has probably been the most fascinating that I’ve ever had,” he said.

Cohn said that despite his dealmaking success on Wall Street as the COO of Goldman Sachs, he found Washington, DC, immensely difficult.

“You literally have to align the sun, the moon, and the stars, and make sure everyone stays healthy to get this done,” he said.

Allen asked Cohn what it was like to be in the White House while being a Democrat and having family members who did not support Trump.

Cohn assured the audience that his family was supportive of what he was doing and that the president was always eager to hear his opinion, despite his political background.

“The president talks to me all day long. He knows I’m going to have a different opinion on a lot of topics,” he said.


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