Caroline Baum: Trump shouldn’t replace Cohn; he should abolish the job

The resignation of Gary Cohn, the head of President Donald Trump’s National Economic Council, has Washington all aflutter. With Trump determined to realize his life-long dream of protective tariffs, the burning question is, who will replace Cohn, the ranking member of the White House “globalist coalition” — presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner appears to be the only surviving member — to offer a counterweight to the ascendant Peter Navarro-Wilbur Ross nationalist wing?

No one should replace Cohn.

The post is superfluous: The director of the NEC is essentially a coordinator-in-chief for domestic and international economic policy. The position is better known for some of the establishment figures who have held it, including former Treasury Secretaries Robert Rubin and Lawrence Summers, than for any of its accomplishments.

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