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Trump Says Top White House Economist Kevin Hassett Leaving

The president added: "I want to thank Kevin for all he has done - he is a true friend!"

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    Trump Says Top White House Economist Kevin Hassett Leaving
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    Kevin Hassett, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, talks to media outside of the White House in Washington, Friday, March 1, 2019.

    President Donald Trump said the White House's top economist is leaving soon.

    In a tweet Sunday night, Trump said the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, Kevin Hassett, will be departing "shortly" and praised him as having "done such a great job for me and the Administration."

    Trump said he will name what he calls a "very talented replacement" as soon as he returns to the U.S. from his trip to Europe.

    The president added: "I want to thank Kevin for all he has done - he is a true friend!"

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    Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of “The Case for Reparations,” testified before a House Judiciary subcommittee during a hearing on whether the United States should consider compensation for the descendants of slaves. 

    He delivered a rebuttal to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's comments that "no one currently alive was responsible for that," which Coates called a "strange theory of governance." 

    "Well into this century the United States was still paying out pensions to the heirs of civil war soldiers," he said. "We honor treaties that date back some 200 years despite no one being alive who signed those treaties. Many of us would love to be taxed for the things we are solely and individually responsible for. But we are American citizens and this bound to a collective enterprise that extends beyond our individual and personal reach."

    (Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019)

    Hassett began serving in the Senate-confirmed post in September 2017.