Outgoing White House Economic Chief Gary Cohn has been an "integral member" of the Trump administration and will be someone from whom President Donald Trump will continue to seek advice, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday.
"One of the big goals coming in was to help the president and lead the effort on historic tax cuts," Sanders told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" of Cohn, whose resignation was announced on Tuesday. "He's been an integral member of the administration and will continue to be a voice to the president and certainly somebody he can talk to and lean on from the outside."
Sanders would not speculate on Cohn's replacement, saying she would let Trump make that announcement, but noted the president has a number of people he can choose.
"In the meantime, Gary will still be here as a voice for the next several weeks," she said. Further, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will be available to help the president as will other "great people from the economic community."
Sanders also on Wednesday commented on election meddling, telling show co-host Bill Hemmer that the Department of Homeland Security is taking the lead on the matter.
"The president is committed to making sure not just Russia, but any country or outsider doesn't have the ability to influence or impact our election," said Sanders.
That could encompass many actions, she said, including security on the technology front, to ensure there is integrity in the voting system. Work also will be done to help state and local officials have the tools and resources they need.
"I can't talk in detail about this, but at the same time, I can assure you that this administration, across the board, agency-wide, is making sure we don't make the mistakes of the previous administration and take bold action," Sanders told Hemmer.
She also discussed the news coming from North Korea concerning leader Kim Jong Un's statements on holding meetings with the South and on denuclearization.
"We're cautiously optimistic," said Sanders. "We have a great partnership with our South Korean allies and to continue working with them and other allies in the region. Our senior members of the administration will be meeting with a number of individuals from the South Korean special envoy later this week to get more information, more feedback on how the meetings went."
Meanwhile the Trump administration is "continuing the maximum pressure campaign until we see real actionable states taken by North Korea to denuclearize," said Sanders. "We're going to continue the same message, the same maximum pressure campaign and we're hopeful that North Korea will come to the table and do what's right for the world."
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