Skip To Content
Get Our Newsletter

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe

Gary Cohn Is One Of The Few Trump Aides Who Stand Up To Him

President Donald Trump is still refusing to concede he was wrong to accuse his predecessor Barack Obama of wiretapping the Trump campaign headquarters before the elections, and the New York Times’s theory is that very few of his aides can stand up to him.

One of the two who can, however, is Gary Cohn, Trump’s top economic adviser. Cohn, according to the Times, showed his force during a recent Oval Office meeting.

“Mr. Cohn was speaking when Mr. Trump interrupted him. ‘Let me finish,’’ Mr. Cohn interjected, according to a person with knowledge of the interaction,” the Times reported, adding that Trump, “unaccustomed to ceding the floor,” let Cohn finish.

But Cohn, according to the report, would rather limit the use this special status he has in the White House to economic issues, choosing not to weigh in on every presidential tweet.

Steve Bannon is the other aide who can and does challenge the president.

Contact Nathan Guttman at




Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free under an Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives Creative Commons license as long as you follow our republishing guidelines, which require that you credit Foward and retain our pixel. See our full guidelines for more information.

To republish, copy the HTML, which includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline, and credit to Foward. Have questions? Please email us at

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.