Carper: Gary Cohn Faked a Bad Connection to Get Trump Off the Phone During Tax Reform Meeting

Washington Free Beacon | 11/22/2017 | David Rutz
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BY: David Rutz

Democratic Sen. Tom Carper (Del.) said Wednesday that White House economic adviser Gary Cohn followed his advice to fake a bad phone connection and hang up on President Donald Trump during a meeting earlier this month on tax reform.

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Senate Democrats met with Trump administration officials about tax reform on Nov. 7, and Trump himself called into the meeting to encourage them to support their efforts.

But according to Carper, Trump spoke for 15 minutes straight, and Carper fretted to Cohn that they weren't going to have a "real conversation" if Trump kept talking.

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Carper told The Hill at the time that he asked Cohn to tell Trump he was "brilliant" and then pretend to lose the connection and hang up, but it wasn't clear until Wednesday that—according to Carper—Cohn actually did it.

CNN host Poppy Harlow recounted Carper's account of the story, and then said, "Seriously?"

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"Seriously, and he did," Carper said, as Harlow and co-host John Berman laughed. "We'd been having about a half-an-hour conversation with Gary, with Marc Short, and with Shahira Knight … Trying to see...
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