(Nancy Cook & Andrew Restuccia – Politico)
For decades, the National Economic Council has been a home for wonks who have quietly helped grease the policy gears in the White House.
But under director Gary Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs banker, the once staid and process-oriented NEC has become a central force in the vicious policy battles playing out in President Donald Trump’s White House.
While Cohn has stocked the NEC with strong policy hands — a relative rarity at the top levels of Trump’s team — he’s also made it a target for conservatives in the West Wing who fear that Cohn is pushing the president to moderate his campaign promises, according to interviews with more than a dozen administration officials, trade experts and Republican insiders. Click here to read more.