Gary Cohn, President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser, has criticized the White House’s response to Charlottesville, Virginia, in his first public remarks about the deadly violence earlier this month.
“This administration 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,” Cohn told the Financial Times.
Cohn said he felt compelled “to voice my distress over the events of the last two weeks.”
Cohn, who is Jewish, was reportedly “disgusted” and “appalled” with Trump’s response to white nationalists’ role in the violence in Charlottesville. The president blamed “both sides” for the violence, which left one counterprotester dead.
“Citizens standing up for equality and freedom can never be equated with white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK,” Cohn told the FT.
After Trump’s remarks, Cohn said, he felt “enormous pressure” both to resign and to stay in the administration. But he told the FT he was “reluctant” to leave based on a “commitment” to the American people.
SOURCE: Peter Jacobs