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Who is Gary Cohn?

Gary Cohn.
Gary Cohn. Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images

President Trump's top economic advisor, Gary Cohn, is reportedly leaving the White House, the latest in a string of high-profile departures.

Why it matters: Per the NY Times, there isn't any "single reason" for his departure, but the announcement comes after Trump's tariffs decision, which Cohn had strongly argued against. He told Axios' Mike Allen in December that he wouldn't be resigning any time soon, but that was before a bitter Oval Office tariff fight last week.

  • Cohn is former president and COO of Goldman Sachs. He was friendly with Jared Kushner before Trump took office.
  • He was been a candidate to move to other roles over the past year, making Trump's short list for Fed chair and being floated as a possible chief of staff.
  • He is a Democrat, though Vanity Fair reports he was never "particularly enamored" by President Barack Obama.
  • He was the Trump administration's point man on tax reform, along with Steve Mnuchin.
  • He almost resigned after Trump's response to Charlottesville, saying: "As a patriotic American, I am reluctant to leave my post...But I also feel compelled to voice my distress over the events of the last two weeks."
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Axios hosts a conversation on guns in America, featuring Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg, Sen. Richard Blumenthal and SVP at the National Shooting Sports Foundation Lawrence Keane.

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Bolton bombshell: the clashes to come

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John Bolton speaks at CPAC in 2016. Photo: Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg via Getty Images

Sources close to President Trump say he feels John Bolton, hurriedly named last night to replace H.R. McMaster as national security adviser, will finally deliver the foreign policy the president wants — particularly on Iran and North Korea.

Why it matters: We can’t overstate how dramatic a change it is for Trump to replace H.R. McMaster with Bolton, who was U.S. ambassador to the U.N. under President George W. Bush.