Senator: Gary Cohn Faked Bad Reception to Hang Up on Trump

US President Donald Trump talks on the phone aboard Air Force One during a flight to Philadelphia Pennsylvania on Thursday January 26

Should the White House continue to seek bipartisan support for its tax reform efforts, I suspect that Gary Cohn's calls to Tom Carper's office, for some unusual reason, won't be going through. The White House immediately contacted CNN to dispute Carper's account.

A CNN anchor asked if Cohn had faked the bad connection, to which Carper responded: "Well, I wouldn't - I don't want to throw him under the bus, but yes".

"Seriously, and he did", replied Carper.

"About 30 minutes into the call, Gary gets up and takes a call on his cellphone, comes back into the room, and says, we have somebody calling in from Asia, and it was the president, which was nice".

White House chief economic adviser Gary Cohn speaks during the daily press briefing Thursday Sept. 28 2017 in Washington
White House chief economic adviser Gary Cohn speaks during the daily press briefing Thursday Sept. 28 2017 in Washington

Cohn took Carper's advice and ended the call, according to the senator. "Then we went back to having the kind of conversation that we needed to".

I said to Gary-it was a room where we're all sitting around this big table-and I said, "Gary, why don't you just do this, just take the phone from, you know, your cell phone back and say, 'Mr".

Harlow asked about reporting that said Carper turned to Cohn during Trump's long-winded harangue and said, "Can't you just tell the president he's brilliant and say we're losing the conversation and hang up?" I don't think Gary Cohn abruptly hung up on the President, but it was a challenge to transition him off the call. "In less than a year, their immigration policy prescriptions have moved from the realm of think-tank wish lists to White House executive orders", the Post noted.

Republicans in Washington are now in the midst of pushing a tax reform bill that, if enacted into law, would cause considerable tax savings to accrue to fabulously wealthy Americans, including, in all likelihood, President Donald J. Trump himself.

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"I said, 'Gary, why don't you do this?"

A spokeswoman for Carper later told CNN that the senator maintains that he urged Cohn - in front of the whole group - to tell the President he's brilliant but they were losing the connection and to hang up.

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said at the time that Cohn should have resigned after that public rebuke of the President.

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