With his chief rival, Gary Cohn on the boot and shoe line out, Mr. Navarro and his protectionist trade policies are taking center stage as President Donald Trump imposes the steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports that Mr. Navarro champions. "He is a rare talent, and I thank him for his dedicated service to the American people". "There's no question. You know what?"
The Hill gave Gutierrez an opportunity to walk back the statement- but he doubled down instead.
The president has long considered himself his own best consultant, saying during the presidential campaign: "I'm speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain and I've said a lot of things".
Cohn was a surprising addition to the Trump administration.
Opponents of Liddell, who joined the administration early a year ago and has worked closely with the president's adviser and son-in-law, Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerKushner resisting giving up top access amid scrutiny over security clearances: report Kelly says he has "full confidence" in Kushner on foreign policy White House: Security clearance review won't affect Kushner MORE, say that his record in the administration has not been notable enough for the position, according to the report.
At another point, during a meeting with steel and aluminum executives, Trump urged Cohn to engage in a debate with U.S. Steel CEO Dave Burritt, according to two people familiar with the exchange and not authorized to discuss it publicly.
"Although confined to a small office across the street from the White House without even an administrative assistant, he had found a new way to get his message to the president - through television", the Journal reports.
During a White House press briefing on Wednesday, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders hinted at Cohn's reappearance in another capacity.
Trump is expected to sign tariffs on steel and aluminum later Thursday.
The president and the combative Navarro share the same hard-line views on trade that were a centerpiece of Trump's campaign. The real target of the tariffs was China's massive expansion of its steel industry, which has hurt other producers around the world, including in the US.
"Simply put: This is a tax hike on American manufacturers, workers and consumers". He then delivered President Moon's gratitude for Trump's support for the progress made with North Korea and said the special envoys' visit was primarily meant to convey South Korea's desire for Seoul and Washington to move forward in total cooperation.
"This is Gary Cohn's last meeting of the Cabinet. It undermines the benefits that the new tax law provides and runs counter to our goal of advancing pro-growth trade policies that will keep America competitive in the 21st century global economy".