Top White House economic adviser Gary Cohn has announced his resignation following the US President Donald Trump’s controversial plan to impose hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.
Cohn, director of the National Economic Council, handed in his notice on Tuesday after a little more than a year on the job.
His resignation came after Trump announced plans last week to impose a 25-percent tariff on steel imports and a 10-percent one on aluminum, a move that Cohn had firmly opposed.
“It has been an honor to serve my country and enact pro-growth economic policies to benefit the American people,” the adviser said in a statement about his resignation, refusing to provide further details.
“I am grateful to the President for giving me this opportunity and wish him and the Administration great success in the future,” he added.
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