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WSJ: Tariff Mess Has Cost Trump an Important Ally in Cohn

WSJ: Tariff Mess Has Cost Trump an Important Ally in Cohn
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By    |   Wednesday, 07 March 2018 12:28 PM

The departure of Gary Cohn is a "significant blow" to President Donald Trump, costing him a "key ally" at a time when he sorely needs them, The Wall Street Journal wrote in its editorial.

Further, it might have been avoidable if not for the president's "self-damaging style of managing his senior officials," the WSJ wrote.

Cohn resigned as chief economic adviser Tuesday night over the bitter dispute within the administration over tariffs, a battle — a "coup d'état," according to the Journal — that blew up in Cohn's face magnificently.

"Last week, the president announced his intention to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, though 'the announcement' overstates what happened," the WSJ wrote.

"Mr. Trump essentially blurted out the news at a White House meeting, blindsiding Mr. Cohn and the rest of the administration team, in what amounted to a coup d'état by (Wilbur) Ross and the protectionists."

The Journal says Cohn "leaves behind a strong legacy," given his work on deregulation and the tax cut bill, and wonders who Trump will be able to get to replace him.

"Who in the community of free-market economic specialists would take the job now? … It is difficult to imagine that anyone outside the president's current protectionist cheerleading squad would volunteer to put up with more of what happened during the past week," the WSJ writes.

"A successful President needs allies, and Mr. Trump has had them so far. By contrast, the tariff decision is a leadership fiasco that has cost Mr. Trump a key ally in Gary Cohn. It is a loss, and this presidency cannot afford more like it," the WSJ concluded.

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The departure of Gary Cohn is a "significant blow" to President Donald Trump, costing him a "key ally" at a time when he sorely needs them, The Wall Street Journal wrote in its editorial.
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