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Mnuchin’s ability to toggle between diplomat and loyal soldier will be tested like never before.
Trump’s remarks during a private campaign event in Missouri come amid heightened tensions over trade agreements
In Missouri, the president also seemed to threaten to withdraw U.S. troops from South Korea over trade.
Trump’s impulsive moves on Tillerson, trade and North Korea alarm critics and his staff.
He would replace Gary Cohn, the outgoing chairman of the National Economic Council.
The president’s move comes as GOP lawmakers pressure the White House to adopt a more flexible approach.
White House suggests Trump could make an exception for close allies
Mattis, Tillerson privately warn Trump tariffs could undermine national security relationships
Cohn has long opposed the president’s planned tariffs, but Trump brushed aside his advice.
The House Speaker is “urging the White House to not advance with this plan,” a spokeswoman said.