Why Is Gary Cohn Resigning? Trump's Top Economic Adviser Splits Amid Tariff Fight: Report

Updated | President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, plans to resign in the coming weeks, White House officials reportedly said on Tuesday.

“Gary has been my chief economic adviser and did a superb job in driving our agenda, helping to deliver historic tax cuts and reforms and unleashing the American economy once again,” Trump told The New York Times in a statement. “He is a rare talent, and I thank him for his dedicated service to the American people.”

Cohn, who runs the National Economic Council, is not leaving for one particular reason, officials told the Times. However, people familiar with Cohn’s thinking told the newspaper that the most pressing trigger was Trump’s announcement last week that he would levy large tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

Trump’s plan would place a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and 10 percent on aluminum.

A Democrat, Cohn has long supported free trade and believed the tariffs would put economic growth at risk, the Times reported. He, and others including staff secretary Rob Porter who recently stepped down, for months pushed to get rid of the proposal or postpone or minimize its impact, the Times reported last week based on information from people familiar with the talks.

Cohn in a statement to the Times on Tuesday said he was satisfied with his contributions on “pro-growth economic policies to benefit the American people, in particular the passage of historic tax reform.”

The economic adviser is the latest top official to leave Trump’s turbulent West Wing.

One of Trump’s longest-serving advisers, communications director Hope Hicks, last Wednesday announced she would depart. Porter, hit with spousal abuse accusations, left his post in early February. Twenty-one officials have stepped down, been fired, dismissed or been reassigned, according to the Times.

This story has been updated with more background on Cohn's resignation, as well as information about recent White House departures.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Newsweek on Tuesday.

This story has been updated with more background on Cohn's resignation, as well as information about recent White House departures.