Podcast: Gary Cohn Leaves A Chaotic White House

Gary Cohn (right) with Donald Trump at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 8, 2017

I spoke with Monocle 24’s The Briefing on Wednesday about the latest departure from the Trump Administration, the resignation of top economic advisor Gary Cohn.

The immediate reason for Cohn’s flight is the snap decision of Donald Trump to impose steel and aluminum tariffs, bolstering the ascendancy of protections in the Administration. However, the wider context is a chaotic and disfunctional White House caught up in factional disputes and the Russia investigation.

Is there a quick replacement for Cohn? Do we get someone who has the skills for the job?

There is a lack of expertise at the top of the White House, at least if you’re anti-protectionist.

There is also an answer to the question, “Why can’t Donald Trump govern — and why are so many of his advisors inept and unstable?”

Listen from 1:17

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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