President Donald Trump calls his new favourite person, the director of the National Economic Council (NEC), “one of my geniuses,” according to a source close to Cohn.
Reuters has uncovered that Cohn has become one of most powerful globalist players in the US shaping economic policy, despite never voting Republican or being part of Trump’s Republican campaign. Sources say that after Cohn’s council, Trump abandoned all his conservative Republican advisors, including Steve Bannon.
Adam Brandon, president of the conservative group FreedomWorks, says the pivotal economic recovery plan Trump had proposed during his campaign that would slash taxes on businesses and wealthy individuals, has been toyally cast aside. The plan was the brainchild of conservative economic policy expert Stephen Moore, a member of the prestigious Heritage Foundation.
The US president tweeted last week: “Our military is building and is rapidly becoming stronger than ever before. Frankly, we have no choice!” In March, Trump asked US lawmakers to increase the Pentagon’s budget by $54 billion, to rebuild America’s “depleted military” directing promised state funds to fighting wars instead of building infrastucture.
Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have since issued a joint BRICS statement condemning US military action in Syria that has not been authorised by the United Nations. The statement also calls for respect of international law, territorial integrity and sovereignty.
Meanwhile Thomas L. Friedman, a New York Times columnist, has openly argued that Trump should support ISIS in Syria: “We could simply back off fighting territorial ISIS in Syria and make it entirely a problem for Iran, Russia, Hezbollah and Assad. After all, they’re the ones overextended in Syria, not us. Make them fight a two-front war — the moderate rebels on one side and ISIS on the other. If we defeat territorial ISIS in Syria now, we will only reduce the pressure on Assad, Iran, Russia and Hezbollah and enable them to devote all their resources to crushing the last moderate rebels in Idlib, not sharing power with them.”
Sources say Friedman is a close associate of Cohn.
On CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” former CBS “Evening News” anchor Dan Rather noted Trump was now like a frog “jumping around” in a hot skillet regarding his policy decisions.
Rather said, “In terms of policy, including foreign policy, President Trump has been jumping around like a frog in a hot skillet. He’s reversed himself on any number of things. He questioned NATO and now he’s all in favor of NATO. He said the U.S. military is a disaster during the campaign now he’s for the military. He questioned the Federal Reserve, now he is maybe reappointing the head of the Federal Reserve. There’s a long list of these things. Chinese currency, first he said China is a currency manipulator. Now he says they aren’t currency manipulators. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes. This business of jumping around from place to place. Being unpredictable is sometimes helpful for a leader. But, if you are this unpredictable, you run the risk of running a dysfunctional presidency. That’s what Donald Trump is battling at the moment.”
On “Fox News Sunday,” host Chris Wallace accused Trump of thinking “transparency is overrated”. During the panel discussion over the news that the White House will not release visitor logs and President Donald Trump not release his tax returns, Wallace was not amused.
“There was another change this week by this president, not a change in his policy, but from the previous presidents,” Wallace said. “He now says that this White House is no longer going to routinely release visitor logs showing who’s coming to the White House, who they’re meeting with, as President Obama did. And another interesting development this weekend, there were massive marches across the country, people protesting. These were called tax marches. People demanding that President Trump releases his tax returns as presidents have routinely since Jimmy Carter. And that was the subject of a tweet this morning from President Trump. Let’s put it up on the screen. The president apparently not liking those marches. He says, ‘I did what was an almost impossible thing to do for a Republican, easily won the electrical college. Now tax returns are brought up again?’ This president apparently thinks transparency is overrated.”
The US Office of Government Ethics, created in 1978 in response to scandals within the Nixon administration, has come out against Trump’s decision to retain ownership of his global business while in office, even though OGE director Walter M. Shaub had warned Trump of the need to divest completely.
“The plan doesn’t meet the standards that the best of his nominees are meeting and that every President in the past four decades has met,” Shaub said in a speech at the Brookings Institution in January.