White House moves on after Gary Cohn exit, downplays charges of West Wing chaos

March 7, 2018

The White House brushed off concerns Wednesday over the resignation of President Trump’s chief economic adviser Gary Cohn, which appeared to trigger a drop in the stock market.

“Look, as we’ve said many times before, we’re very focused on long-term economic success. The economy is still infinitely stronger today than when the president first came in, and we’re going to continue building on that,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

She said the president had several candidates to replace Mr. Cohn, who is the director of the National Economic Council.

His resignation announced Tuesday was the latest in a series of departures of top officials in the West Wing, spurring fears of a White House in chaos.

Mrs. Sanders also pushed back when reporters asked how the relatively high turnover about 33 percent in the first 14 months of the administration wasn’t chaos.

“I think it’s pretty simple. Look at the success of the administration,” she said. “We’ve got a strong economy, we’ve got ISIS on the run, we’re remaking the judiciary. Every single day, we have more and more successes that we’re adding. If you have a place in chaos, you’re not able to function and make big things happen, and we certainly have the ability and continue to do that.”