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WH Rebukes Notion Trump Omitted Cohn's Name in Speech

WH Rebukes Notion Trump Omitted Cohn's Name in Speech
President Donald Trump and White House economic adviser Gary Cohn (right) (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

By    |   Wednesday, 30 August 2017 09:08 PM

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders played down any suggestion the omission of economic adviser Gary Cohn's name in a tax reform speech was the result of his recent criticism of President Donald Trump.

Sanders said the non-mention was strictly routine, The Hill reported.

"It's pretty standard practice for us not to specifically call out staff," Sanders told reporters aboard Air Force One after the president's Wednesday speech in Springfield, Missouri.

"He regularly mentions Cabinet members but very rarely mentions staff in speeches."

Earlier in the day, Trump acknowledged Cabinet members, lawmakers, and even Ivanka Trump, who also works at the White House. Sanders said Ivanka is "a little bit different" because she is the president's daughter.

However, Cohn, who heads the White House National Economic Council and plays a key role in the administration's efforts to overhaul the tax code, did not make the shout-out list.

"A lot of times when he talks about foreign policy and different things like that, he doesn't necessarily call out National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, even though he plays a very integral role in that process," Sanders said.

"Gary is here. The president is here. They're both working hard and extremely committed to providing tax relief for middle-class America," she said, The Hill reported.

"The president has made very clear this is a top priority for him, for his administration, and Gary is one of the people leading the charge in that effort for him and will continue to do that."

Cohn last week spoke out after Trump's remarks about white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, telling the Financial Times the White House "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."

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