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Biden condemns Trump as ‘climate arsonist’ as wildfires burn – as it happened

When Gary Cohn was Donald Trump’s top economic adviser, according to Bob Woodwards first Trump book, Fear, he made sure key pieces of paper were removed from the president’s desk, lest he enact policies Cohn thought would be catastrophic.





Gary Cohn

Gary Cohn Photograph: Jeenah Moon/Reuters

When Trump said there were “very fine people” on both sides of a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia at which neo-Nazis chanted “Jews will not replace us” and a counter-protester was murdered, Cohn, who is Jewish, broke with the president and came close to resigning.

When Cohn did quit the Trump White House, he said it was over Trump’s love for tariffs which, as a free-trader, he could not support.

Cohn is a Democrat, and the country is less than two months out from a presidential election which the Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, has cast as an existential battle with a “climate arsonist” president.

Cohn has also watched, with the rest of America, more than 190,000 die from a pandemic the president knew was a severe threat, but chose not to tell the country so immediately. He has watched the US economy tank, under the impact of that pandemic.

But Cohn told CNBC today he wasn’t sure who he will vote for in November:


“You know, I honestly haven’t made up my mind. I’m really eager to see an economic debate between the two of them. I actually vote on issues.

“We have to have a plan to get back to a more normalised fiscal picture, once we normalise and we get back to a normal economy in the United States. And I really do want to hear where the two candidates are. Just taxing to spend doesn’t make sense to me. We have to have a plan to get our fiscal house back in order.”