President Trump bid farewell to Gary Cohn on Thursday, two days after the chief economic adviser resigned, while leaving the door open for Cohn to return to the White House in the future. "He's been terrific," Business Insider quotes Trump as saying during Cohn's final Cabinet meeting. "He may be a globalist, but I still like him. He's seriously a globalist, there's no question. But you know what? In his own way he's a nationalist because he loves this country." Cohn resigned after losing his fight against the president's planned tariffs on steel and aluminum, which he argued would hurt the US economy. "I have a feeling you'll be back," CNBC quotes Trump as saying. "I don't know if I can put him in the same position, though. He's not quite as strong on those tariffs as we want, but that's OK."
For his part, Cohn said he would "absolutely" return to the White House. There's been some speculation Cohn could replace John Kelly as chief of staff should Trump decide to remove the latter. Politico reports Republican lawmakers are worried about the loss of Cohn, who they saw as a moderating influence on Trump's economic plans. “He was around to be whispering in the president’s ear. And he won’t be now,” says Sen. Bob Corker. Republicans are concerned Trump will tank the US economy through protectionist measures just in time for the 2018 midterms. Trump continued to allow himself flexibility in his planned tariffs during Thursday's Cabinet meeting, according to ABC News. “I’ll have a right to go up or down depending on the country and I’ll have a right to drop out countries or add countries,” Trump said. “I just want fairness."