Quitting, being fired or even threatening to quit isn’t a simple affair in the Trump White House.
Gary Cohn considered quitting after President Donald Trump’s Charlottesville comments and wrote multiple resignation letters, a draft op-ed and answers to reporters’ anticipated questions.
The president’s top economic adviser talked to his family about quitting, and his wife urged him to do so. He went to Bedminster for a last-minute meeting with the president last Friday, according to people familiar with the session. But he didn’t quit, instead choosing to criticize Trump in an interview with the Financial Times while sticking around to see what Trump will do – leaving Cohn in limbo and his White House colleagues and others mystified.
A number of senior administration officials have offered to leave or privately told confidants they might, only to be told to stay – or decide to stay on their own. Some were pushed out, or claimed to have resigned after they were pushed out, while one – former press secretary Sean Spicer – publicly quit only to stick around in the building with no clear duties, and after facing months of rumors about his demise.