Former Trump Economic Adviser Gary Cohn Says Shutdown Is ‘completely Wrong’

Gary Cohn, former director of the U.S. National Economic Council, speaks in Singapore, on Nov. 7, 2018. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Justin Chin
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Gary Cohn, President Donald Trump’s former top economic adviser, said in an interview published Thursday that the partial government shutdown is “completely wrong” and that he is confused by the White House’s strategy in the standoff with Congress.

“I don’t understand what the outcome is here, and I don’t understand where we’re going with it,” Cohn was quoted as saying in a Boston Globe story about his appointment as a fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics. “I’m confused as to what the White House’s strategy is on this a little bit.”

In the interview, Cohn criticized the shutdown as “completely wrong” and said the furloughing of thousands of federal workers “makes absolutely no sense whatsoever,” according to the Globe.

Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion for funding a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border remains the sticking point in a partisan stalemate that has closed large parts of the government since Dec. 22.

Cohn, a free-trade advocate, stepped down as director of the National Economic Council March 6 after Trump announced he was imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

(c) 2019, The Washington Post · John Wagner  



  1. Shutdown proves that most of those employed in the government are unnecessary and should be kicked out for good. Hopefully the President will end up getting them out.

  2. Gang violence. Turning hearted stories.

    What a hard society. They are illegal. What can be done?

    Yet we wait. Hashem may hear our prayers. The president has a strange plan but it might be right.

    I wonder if vanity points come from a huge wall. I say you build it in Mexico from Oaxaca through Veracruz above the southern border where it only need be 130 miles long. Enforce it. Mexico still pays. Might cut the illegals by 50%. Better solution.

    Get the dice. Trump lasts today. New plans might get new hope.

    Gangs from Honduras stopped. Wonder.


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