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
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President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Gosar's siblings pen op-ed urging for his resignation: 'You are immune to shame' Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate 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.