Navarro, Ross, Cohn, and Porter keep on discussing tariffs. They all meet with the President and each pair make their arguments. Trump silences Cohn by calling him a globalist (Woodward 276). This leaves Porter to argue against Navarro and Ross. The President interjects asking what Porter knows about economics given his background as a lawyer. Porter responds saying that he had studied and tutored others in economics while he was at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar (Woodward 277). This revelation leads to Trump branding Porter a globalist too and the meeting ends without a real resolution.
Things take a bad turn for Porter after two of his ex-wives go public accusing him of domestic abuse. In fact, one releases a picture showing that Porter physically abused her. Due to these allegations, Porter decides to resign saying that it is best for his former spouses, family and close friends, the White House and himself (Woodward 277). Besides that, Navarro and Ross meet with the President and convince him to impose the tariffs before the 301 investigation is complete. They even bring in prominent U.S. steel executives to meet with Trump. Due to this, the President decides to impose a 25% tariff on foreign-made steel and a 10% tariff on aluminum (Woodward 278). After this occurrence, Gary Cohn decides that it is time he resigns. He says that he could have handled losing a fight if they followed the protocol. The President in turn says that it would be a big loss, promising to find a way to bring Cohn back, but Cohn knows better.
Tom Bossert, the President’s adviser for Homeland Security, cyber security and counterterrorism comes to see Trump in the White House. His main issue surrounds the issue of cybersecurity. At first Trump shows no interest in the topic, however once Bossert tells the President that he has a TV interview and needs pointers, Trump seems thrilled and offers his best responses (Woodward 280).