A new book shows proof that Mike Pence praised former Trump advisor Gary Cohn for blowing up on the president over his response to Charlottesville. The said book was from the Wall Street Journal reporter Michael C. Bender.
As the director of the National Economic Council, Gary Cohn was one of former President Donald Trump’s most trusted advisors on issues about economic policy.
However, after the 2017 “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left counterprotester Heather Heyer dead and multiple people injured, Cohn was dissatisfied with Trump’s response to the incident, according to a forthcoming book by Wall Street Journal reporter Michael C. Bender.
The rally and its political ramifications were detailed in an excerpt of the book, “Frankly We Did Win This Election’: The Inside Story of How Donald Trump Lost,” which was published in Politico Magazine on Friday.
After the rally, Trump gave a polarizing response where he suggested that people on both ends of the racial divide had some bad actors.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides — on many sides,” he said.
President Donald Trump had gained the ire of Cohn for saying that there were “very fine people” on both sides of the debate between people who wanted to remove the Robert E. Lee statue and the people who wanted to keep it.
Cohn, who is Jewish, had grown “despondent” with Trump’s response to the Charlottesville rally, according to the book.
As Cohn stood near Trump at an infrastructure news conference just days after the rally, he was “increasingly alarmed and uncomfortable” with the response, and later “unloaded” on the former president in the Oval Office, according to the book.
Here’s an excerpt of Bender’s book, “Frankly We Did Win This Election”:
“Gary Cohn, the president’s top economic adviser—and a registered Democrat—was even more despondent. Raised Jewish on the East Side of Cleveland and a longtime New York resident, he stood next to Trump for the infrastructure news conference and grew increasingly alarmed and uncomfortable. Later, in a private meeting inside the Oval Office, Cohn unloaded on the president,” the excerpt says.
The author continued to write, “Cohn told Trump that his lack of clarity had been harmful to the country and that he’d put an incredible amount of pressure on people working in the White House. He told Trump that he might have to quit. No one backed Cohn up. Others in the room, including Pence, remained quiet.”
“Cohn returned to his office after the meeting broke up. Following a few minutes behind, Pence climbed the flight of stairs and appeared at the threshold of Cohn’s door,” the book claims. “‘I’m proud of you,’ Pence told him, safely out of earshot of the president.”