With Gary Cohn as one of his top economic advisors, Donald Trump can expect to hear from an economic optimist leery of the role central banks have taken on to try to engineer growth.
The Goldman Sachs president and chief operating officer would bring yet another insider's view to a Trump White House as director of the National Economic Council. The position is central to generating a unified economic message for the administration.
In interviews over the past couple of years, Cohn, 56, has expressed some confidence in the economy. Speaking to CNBC eight days after Trump's stunning upset of Hillary Clinton in the presidential race, Cohn also was cautious on certain aspects.
"We're all giving President-elect Trump and his transition team the benefit of the doubt," he said. "We're all listening to what he's saying, we're all listening to what he's doing. We're all cautiously optimistic. We're waiting to see what happens. As we get more clarity, the markets will react."
Indeed, the markets have reacted, and quite positively.