WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he expects Gary Cohn, the outgoing director of the National Economic Council, to eventually return to his administration.
“He’s going to go out and make another couple of hundred million and then he’s gonna maybe come back,” Trump said during a cabinet meeting.
“Absolutely,” Cohn replied.
Cohn announced his resignation on Tuesday.
It came less than a week after Trump announced that he would be implementing 25 percent and 10 percent tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, respectively.
Cohn has been opposed to the move, something that Trump teasingly referenced Thursday.
“I have a feeling you’ll be back,” Trump said to Cohn. “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 them.”
While Cohn is expected to leave within the coming weeks, Trump said that Thursday marks Cohn’s last meeting with the cabinet.
He poked fun at Cohn’s reputation as a “globalist.”
“He may be a globalist but I still like him. He’s seriously a globalist, there’s no question,” Trump said. “But you know what, in his own way he’s a nationalist, because he loves our country.”