Gary Cohn Admits 'Once in a Lifetime' Chance to Cut Taxes for Rich Kept Him From Leaving After Charlottesville

Though President Donald Trump’s top economic advisor Gary Cohn previously said he felt “enormous pressure” to resign his position from the administration after the president’s disastrous equivocating on white supremacy and racism in the wake of a violent protest by neo-nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this year, he made clear at a Thursday press conference why he ultimately opted to stay for a very specific purpose: a chance to give massive tax cuts to the nation’s corporations and wealthy.

“Why am I here?” Cohn said in response to a question by the New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny. “I am here just for this reason. Think about the opportunity I’m involved in with President Trump, being able to rewrite the tax code – something that hasn’t been done in thirty-one years… This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I would never miss this.”