Top Trump economic adviser quits after tariff dispute

Mar 07, 2018, 6:02 AM EST
Gary Cohn has been a supporter of free trade.
(Source: The White House/flickr)

U.S. President Donald Trump’s key economic policy adviser and advocate of free trade, Gary Cohn, is stepping down, apparently over his differences with the administration over the plans to impose hefty tariffs on aluminum and steel imports.

Cohn, who was instrumental in the introduction of Trump’s sweeping tax reforms late last year, is the latest in a series of high-profile names to depart from the president’s team, notes the BBC.

Cohn’s resignation could be highly consequential as it comes at a time of a looming threat of an international trade war sparked by Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on trading allies, writes The Guardian.