Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Kevin Hassett will leave his post in the near future, President Donald Trump announced Sunday. No reason was given for Hassett’s departure.
Hassett is the 43rd top Trump official to step down since his January 2017 inauguration. In this case, however, Hassett was not asked to leave his position. In fact, Trump praised him for his good work.
“Kevin Hassett, who has done such a great job for me and the Administration, will be leaving shortly. His very talented replacement will be named as soon as I get back to the U.S.,” Trump wrote. The President and First Lady are on a State visit to Britain, where they will dine with the Queen.
Hassett emphasized that his position as the president’s chief economist was meant to be independent, remarking that it was good for him not to stay too long. In April, Hassett refused to follow the president’s wishes and request that the Federal Reserve cut interest rates to spur economic growth.
Last September, Hassett was dispatched to argue against Democrats’ claims that former President Barack Obama’s policies were largely responsible for economic growth.
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