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Trump Advisor Publicly Blasts President For Not Condemning Racism

The furor has died down over President Donald Trump’s remarks in the wake of Charlottesville, but they’re still hanging out there in the air like a balloon that just won’t go away. Trump has been eviscerated for his remarks by both sides of the aisle, and the commander-in-chief stayed mum. Then Phoenix happened. Trump fought back during a raucous rally in front of reporters, and he excoriated the press for taking his remarks out of context. The never-ending Trump-Media feud is at a stalemate for the time being, but the balloon is still hanging around.

As Newsmax shares, a member of the president’s own administration feels that Trump needs to do a better job condemning racism than he already has. Gary Cohn serves as Trump’s chief economic adviser, and he offered up his thoughts on the controversy during a recent interview with the Financial Times.

"Citizens standing up for equality and freedom can never be equated with white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK," he said. "I believe this administration can and must do better in consistently and unequivocally condemning these groups and do everything we can to heal the deep divisions that exist in our communities.”

As many Americans were, it sounds like Cohn was awfully disturbed by the events in Charlottesville. While Trump didn’t cause that to happen, he certainly could’ve done a better job expressing his thoughts. The media needs to be held accountable there as well, as the entire story was quickly transformed into a referendum on Trump. We have enough of that each and every day. Sometimes less is more, and this was definitely one of those cases.

"As a Jewish American, I will not allow neo-Nazis ranting 'Jews will not replace us' to cause this Jew to leave his job. I feel deep empathy for all who have been targeted by these hate groups. We must all unite together against them," Cohn added.

Cohn also acknowledged that the firestorm surrounding Trump hit home for him in other ways as well, and he’s made his feelings crystal clear to Trump.

"I have come under enormous pressure both to resign and to remain in my current position," he added. "I have had numerous private conversations with the president on this topic — I have not been bashful saying what I think."

It’s good to know that Cohn is speaking freely with the commander-in-chief, and hopefully there are additional advisers that have the same comfort level. There have been no perfect presidents, and the man in charge needs people in their ear to help lead the way when the ship starts veering off course. Of course, it’s ultimately up to Trump to take their advice, but at least it’s happening in some capacity.

In any event, this firestorm should eventually burn out completely, but it should be one that’s looked back on as a learning experience for both the president and the press. For Trump’s part, additional clarity would go a long way towards not creating controversies. For the media, the speculation and innuendo game can be reserved for less contentious times.

Source: Newsmax
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