White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defended President Trump's omission of National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn's name during his extended list of "thank-you's" on Wednesday to people who helped move forward his administration's goals surrounding tax reform.
It's pretty standard practice for us not to specifically call out staff, " Sanders said, according to White House pool report. Sanders added that the president normally only acknowledges the Cabinet members of his administration.
After being asked about calling out Ivanka Trump, Sanders said: "His daughter I think in this case is a little different." Althought Ivanka Trump serves an adviser to her father, Sanders said that he was "recognizing her as his daughter," during the speech.
Sanders went on to say that "a lot of times" when Trump is talking foreign policy he won't call out National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster even though he "plays an integral roll in that process."
As he opened his remarks about tax reform in Missouri, Trump thanked close to a dozen individuals, including Cabinet members like Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and members of Congress who were present. Cohn, who was also present, received no such shoutout.
Trump also remarked at one point, "Anybody I forgot?"
Cohn recently criticized the president's response to the violence in Charlottesville in a high-profile interview with the Financial Times.