White House press secretary Sarah Sanders dodged when asked Wednesday whether Gary Cohn is upset and considering leaving the Trump administration over frustration with President Trump's comments about the violence in Charlottesville.
Cohn, who is Trump's chief economic adviser and a praciticing Jew, was reportedly "disgusted" and "deeply upset" at the president's response to the violent rally, organized by white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups, during an impromptu press conference in Trump Tower.
Referring to Trump's remarks, in which he pinned blame on "both sides" for the violence and said there were "fine people" among the people protesting with the white supremacists, a reporter asked Wednesday on Air Force One travelling back to Washington, D.C., from Reno, Nev., if Cohn or any other advisers are expected to depart.
"I think the president clarified a lot of that last night," Sanders replied, referring to Trump's speech in Phoenix, Ariz. She said Trump revisited the three statements he made on Charlottesville and has "been very clear and very consistent since the beginning that the type of hate and evil that we saw has no place in America."
Sanders then pivoted to the economy, pointing out that Trump wants to create better jobs and tax reform to help create a better life for Americans.
"That's certainly a big part of this administration moving into the fall," she said.
The next question to Sanders asked if Trump would be taking a different tone because of his advisers.
"I don't think anybody in this administration came into it wanting to do anything but support and help this president and this president's agenda," Sanders said. "I think everybody working for the president knows and understands that the reason he is president is because he was himself. And the American people want somebody who is honest and authentic, and that's what they get with President Trump."
Cohn, the director of the president's National Economic Council, was present at the press conference at Trump Tower. Cohn has not publicly expressed his disapproval with Trump's comments.