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Economic Adviser Kevin Hassett to Leave White House Soon

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By    |   Monday, 22 June 2020 10:40 AM

White House adviser Kevin Hassett will leave the White House this summer, after returning to the Trump administration in March to help the president deal with the economic fallout from the coronavirus crisis, two administration officials told Axios on Monday.

Hassett’s departure comes after another economic official — Andrew Olmem, a deputy on the National Economic Council — left on Friday, depriving the administration of another financial expert ahead of the election in November.

The Hill reported that the White House has not returned a request for comment.

Hassett's return to the administration was always meant to be temporary, and he will return to his jobs at the Hoover Institution and the Lindsey Group, where he went last year after leaving his position as chair of President Donald Trump's Council of Economic Advisers.

Since his return, Hassett has been one of the voices in the administration urging the use of face masks and warning about the economic fallout from the pandemic if state shutdowns stayed in place for very long, telling CNN soon after he returned to the White House that “You really can’t shut down the global economy for six months and expect anything to continue.”

Hassett has also encouraged the president to support more stimulus and relief to combat a high unemployment rate, and his departure could bolster the power of those in the administration who oppose an additional $2 trillion package, according to Axios.

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