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Kevin Hassett, President Trump’s top economist, to leave White House

05 June 2019

"Kevin Hassett, who has done such a great job for me and the administration, will be leaving shortly", Trump said.

In his White House post, Hassett worked with Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, on a proposed immigration plan that the president unveiled in May, and also backed a US move to end waivers of sanctions for countries that buy Iranian oil.

Hassett's research has long focused on the potential to expand economic growth - and middle-class earnings - by cutting corporate tax rates.

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In an interview with The New York Times Sunday, Hassett, 57, said his departure was not trade-related or in connection with any issues at the White House, but was "just normal, circle-of-life kind of things".

"The trade story and the departure story are completely different stories", he said Sunday evening.

Hassett's tenure may be defined by his role in crafting the tax law, which he cited as his top accomplishment on the job along with improving the transparency of the economic models published by the Council of Economic Advisers. The chairman of the CEA serves as the chief economic adviser to the administration as a whole.

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On Monday, Kevin Hassett confirmed he will leave his post at the end of the month after President Trump announced he would be stepping down in a tweet Sunday night.

Trump said in his tweet that he would name a "very talented replacement" for Hassett once he returns from his overseas trip.

This article was written by Jeff Stein, a reporter for The Washington Post.

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Kevin Hassett, President Trump’s top economist, to leave White House