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Gary Cohn: We had a blowout February and we’re just getting started

Cohn: Jobs plan going exactly the way we want it to

February's big jobs number is a quick reflection on the pro-growth policies of the Trump administration, one of the president's top advisors told CNBC.

"This number reaffirms everything that we're trying to do," Cohn the director for the National Economic Council said in an interview Friday morning.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that the economy added 235,000 jobs in February while the unemployment rate ticked lower to 4.7 percent. In addition to beating consensus estimates of 190,000, the job creation came in some unusual places, with construction and manufacturing leading the way.

During his campaign, Trump promised to bring back those kinds of jobs. To do so, he pledged lower taxes, a rollback in regulations and $1 trillion in infrastructure spending.

Cohn said those types of plans are just starting to show up in the numbers.

"We're very excited about what's ahead of us," he said.

The jobs data is the latest victory for the administration in its plans to accelerate growth.

Trump has pledged lower taxes, a rollback in job-stifling regulations and a boost of $1 trillion in infrastructure spending.

Cohn said the White House has been holding meetings with CEOs to figure out the bet way to get the agenda through.

"We had a large group in here two days into the White House talking about infrastructure, talking about the enormous need," he said. "We have underinvested in our infrastructure in the last 50 to 60 years in the U.S."

Though Trump has come under fire for protectionist trade policies, Cohn said the administration will remain focused on bringing jobs home.

"We want to protect American jobs, we really do," he said. "We want to bring jobs back to America, so anything we can do to incentivize manufacturers to come back to America, that's important to us."

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