Gary Cohn said Friday that he and President Trump enjoy a healthy relationship, despite the general notion that the two are at odds.
"We have a very good relationship," the National Economic Council director said outside the White House in an interview with CNBC.
Amid reports that Cohn has questioned his role with the administration, even going as far as to draft a resignation letter following Trump's controversial remarks on white supremacists after the violence in Charlottesville, Cohn said in a separate interview on Bloomberg that he intended to remain at the White House.
"I'm extremely happy doing what I'm doing," Cohn said, citing the "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to lead a reform of the tax code.
Cohn, who is Jewish and is a former president of Goldman Sachs, criticized Trump in an interview with the Financial Times a week ago, saying that he must do more to condemn hate groups.
Although Trump hasn't directly responded to those comments, he raised eyebrows by conspicuously omitting Cohn when acknowledging the work of aides during a speech on tax reform in Springfield, Mo., on Wednesday.
Cohn said Friday that he is working closely with the president on tax reform. And he sidestepped suggestions that Trump dislikes his pro-trade views.
"The president and I have an open and robust discussion on trade" and other economic issues, he said.