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Expert Comment - Donald Trump's top economic adviser resigns

US President Donald Trump's top economic adviser Gary Cohn is resigning, the White House has said. It is the latest in a series of high-profile departures from President Trump's team. There has been speculation that Mr Cohn, a supporter of free trade, was angered by Mr Trump's plans to impose tariffs on aluminium and steel imports. Dr Markus Wagner Associate Professor of Law comments.

Markus Wagner

"Gary Cohn's departure signals a deep rift within the Trump administration concerning international trade policy. Mr. Cohn stood for a 'free trade' paradigm and it appears clear now that those within the White House that advocate for a return to unilateral and more protectionist trade policies are gaining the upper hand.

"This is only one of several challenges for the White House however. Congress seems intent to retain a more liberal trade policy and other World Trade Organisations (WTO) members (such as the EU, China, Canada and Japan) are keen to avoid a departure of the current rules-based WTO system back to a time in which economic power reigned supreme."

Markus Wagner Associate Professor of Law

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