Politics | August 25, 2017 11:58 am

Gary Cohn: Trump ‘Must Do Better’ at Condemning Hate Groups

President's chief economic adviser speaks out about Trump's comments regarding white supremacists.

Gary Cohn Says Trump 'Must Do Better' in Condemning Hate Groups
Gary Cohn, director of the U.S. National Economic Council, walks toward Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

With rumors swirling about his status in the Trump White House, Gary Cohn has finally spoken out about his take on the president’s response to Charlottesville.

Cohn, who is Trump’s top economic adviser and Jewish, told the Financial Times that “This administration can and must do better in consistently and unequivocally condemning these groups and do everything we can to heal the deep divisions that exist in our communities.”

According to New York Times White House correspondent Glenn Thrush, Cohn had reportedly been “appalled” and “upset” by Trump’s comments following Charlottesville.

In a press conference following the deadly protest, Trump said that “I think there is blame on both sides,” and cited “very fine people” on both of these alleged sides. Many took this to mean the president was standing up for some of the Neo-Nazis and white supremacists who were at the rally and ultimately caused the deadly violence.

Before joining Trump’s staff, Cohn was a lifelong Democrat and Goldman Sachs executive.

In recent weeks and months, there has been an exodus of appointees from Trump’s inner-circle, including Steve Bannon, Anthony Scaramucci, and Reince Priebus, among others.