With ex-banker Gary Cohn on way out, trade hawks rule the White House

Director of the White House's Trade and Manufacturing Policy office Peter Navarro (left), Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (centre) and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Officials say Dr Navarro is one of the "top candidates" to succeed Mr Gar
Director of the White House's Trade and Manufacturing Policy office Peter Navarro (left), Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (centre) and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Officials say Dr Navarro is one of the "top candidates" to succeed Mr Gary Cohn.PHOTOS: BLOOMBERG, REUTERS
Former Goldman Sachs banker Gary Cohn, a supporter of the classic pro-business Republican agenda - deregulation and tax cuts - had reportedly fought hard to head off proposed tariffs on aluminium and steel.
Former Goldman Sachs banker Gary Cohn, a supporter of the classic pro-business Republican agenda - deregulation and tax cuts - had reportedly fought hard to head off proposed tariffs on aluminium and steel.PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON - When US President Donald Trump and top aides met visiting Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven at the White House on Tuesday (March 6), there was a place at the table for National Economic Council director Gary Cohn.

But the former Goldman Sachs banker was not there.

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