US President Donald Trump has said that White House Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Kevin Hassett will “shortly” leave his post, but did not provide a reason for the latest high-level departure from the administration.
“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 US,” Trump said in a Twitter post on Sunday night as he flew to Europe for a series of state visits.
Hassett’s impending departure comes at a time of drama between the United States and some of its main trade partners. A trade war is brewing between the United States and China, while Trump has vowed to impose punitive tariffs on all Mexican goods in an intensifying dispute over migration.
Trump thanked Hassett for his work, and called him a “true friend” in the Twitter post on Sunday. He did not give any indication on who he would name to replace Hassett. Hassett is poised to become the latest in a long line of senior White House officials and Cabinet secretaries to depart the administration since Trump took office in January 2017.
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20 September, 2019