White House chief of staff John Kelly has attempted to mitigate the tension between President Trump and White House economic adviser Gary Cohn, according to a report Friday.
The strain between the two grew after Cohn expressed disagreement with the Trump's controversial remarks in Charlottesville, Va., last month regarding violence on "both sides."
"I have come under enormous pressure both to resign and to remain in my current position," Cohn told the Financial Times in an interview last month. "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. … Citizens standing up for equality and freedom can never be equated with white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK."
Since then, Trump has made his irritation with Cohn known. Several aides said Trump refuses to make eye contact with Cohn when Cohn greets him. Additionally, Kelly told Trump that Cohn would lead an infrastructure meeting Thursday, but Trump seemed to ignore Cohn, the New York Times reported.
In response to the overwhelming coldness from Trump, Kelly has made an effort to include Cohn. Last week, Kelly put his arm around Cohn in front of the media as they departed Marine One.