Gary Cohn, the former White House chief economic advisor, said during an interview with CNBC Tuesday that he feels “freer” and “happier” since leaving President Trump’s administration.
“I’m taking my time right now and seeing what’s out there in the world,” Cohn said.
“I feel freer, I feel rested, I feel happier,” he added.
Cohn, a former executive at Goldman Sachs, announced on March 6 that he was resigning amid disagreements with Trump over trade policy.
On Tuesday, Cohn doubled down on his opposition to Trump’s tariffs.
“No one wins in a trade war,” says Gary Cohn in his first interview since leaving the White House. pic.twitter.com/63t6fBoG4Y
— CNBC (@CNBC) May 8, 2018
“No one wins in a trade war,” Cohn said. “What we do need in America, and I think what everyone does believe in … is free, fair, open and reciprocal.”
“In a perfect world, we would have no tariffs,” he added.
“I am a globalist,” Cohn told CNBC. “I believe we are very good at doing certain things in the United States, other countries are good at doing different things.”
The Hill added:
He argued that the strength of the U.S. economy lies in the service industry and that the country is better served to work with other countries to obtain goods in the most efficient way possible.
Trump, meanwhile, has argued that trade wars are “good” and “easy to win.”
The president has delayed steel and aluminum tariffs on multiple U.S. allies while officials attempt to negotiate long-term trading deals.