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Donald Trump & Co.

An 'OOPS' Moment for Cohn, Trump's Director of Nat'l Economic Council

March 13, 2017

[Photo:  by Bloomberg News, appearing in]


As 2nd in command at Goldman Sachs, Gary Cohn rarely spoke out of turn and rarely was second-guessed for something he said.


But on Friday, after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the U.S. had added 235,000 jobs in February, Cohn told CNBC interviewers that the Trump administration was not the reason for the better-than-expected numbers. After all, none of the jobs promised by CEO’s in their meetings with Trump had been created.


“Those hirings have not been done yet. Those are future hirings.”


Problem for Mr. Cohn was that his comments did not conform to the “Company Line,” which can be illustrated in tweets by President Trump and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus :


“GREAT AGAIN: +235,000.”  - - Trump Tweet.


.@POTUS Trump delivers in first #JobsReport. 235,000 new jobs and unemployment rate down to 4.7%. Great news for American workers!  - - Priebus Tweet.


Gary Cohn apparently needs to escalate his learning curve. Then again, it can be difficult to teach an old dog new tricks.