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Head of Trump's Council of Economic Advisers, Kevin Hassett, to depart administration

Head of Trump's Council of Economic Advisers, Kevin Hassett, to depart administration
© Greg Nash

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal watchdog accuses VOA parent company of wrongdoing under Trump appointee Lawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds MORE announced Sunday that Kevin Hassett, chair of the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), would be departing the administration.

"Kevin Hassett, who has done such a great job for me and the Administration, will be leaving shortly," the president tweeted while flying to Europe for a series of state visits.

"His very talented replacement will be named as soon as I get back to the U.S. I want to thank Kevin for all he has done - he is a true friend!"

Hassett, the longtime conservative economist, has been CEA head since September 2017.

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He helped shape the 2017 Republican tax law and was a staunch defender of the president’s policies on a number of other issues.

Hassett was a longtime advocate of open trade policies, but in recent months he has been put in the position of defending Trump’s confrontational trade strategy.