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Gary Cohn Swiped Papers Off Trump’s Desk To ‘Protect The Country’

Former White House chief economic adviser Gary Cohn swiped a letter he deemed dangerous to national security from the Oval Office desk to keep President Trump from signing it, according to Bob Woodward’s new book “Fear.”

The president’s signature would have removed the U.S. from a major trade agreement with South Korea, according to CNN, which obtained a copy of the book, out Sept. 11. Trump’s aides worried withdrawing from the deal would jeopardize a crucial national security program.

Cohn was “appalled” at the possibility of Trump signing the letter, Woodward reported.

“I stole it off his desk,” Cohn told an associate, as documented in “Fear.” “I wouldn’t let him see it. He’s never going to see that document. Got to protect the country.”

In addition to stealing documents, Cohn and other White House staffers also distracted Trump from making dangerous national security decisions, Woodward reported.

Alyssa Fisher is a news writer at the Forward. Email her at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter at @alyssalfisher

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