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Trump Economic Adviser Resigns after Tariff Dispute

Trump Economic Adviser Resigns after Tariff Dispute

Updated: March 07, 2018 10:59 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Top Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn is leaving the White House after breaking with President Donald Trump on trade policy.

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Cohn, the director of the National Economic Council, has been the leading internal opponent to Trump's planned tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum. He has tried to orchestrate an eleventh-hour effort to push Trump to reverse course. But Trump has been resistant to those efforts, and reiterated Tuesday he will be imposing the tariffs in the coming days.

In a statement, Cohn says it was his honor to serve in the administration and "enact pro-growth economic policies to benefit the American people."

Trump praised Cohn despite the disagreement, saying Cohn has "served his country with great distinction."

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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