U.S president Donald Trump asserted on Tuesday that "everybody wants to work in the White House." But outgoing National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn doesn't, and neither does Austan Goolsbee, Barack Obama's former economic advisor.
Speaking to CNBC on Wednesday, Goolsbee said he wouldn't take Cohn's position "if it was the last job on Earth."
The leading economist, who is currently a University of Chicago professor, cited disagreements with the administration's policy focus, and concern over recent departures of White House staffers.
The president's intention to slap tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum imports could potentially trigger "an escalating trade war if not an outright global recession," he warned.
Moreover, the administration's "unprecedented turnover of personnel" indicates that the White House "isn't a healthy environment," he continued.
If all the moderates leave, the only people left could be the president's own family members, or those who are really desperate for the job, Goolsbee warned. "That doesn't bode well for policy making," he said.