Trump says 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 adds: "I want to thank Kevin for all he has done - he is a true friend!"
Hassett began serving in the Senate-confirmed post in September 2017. Before that, Hassett was an economist at the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute. He had also served as an adviser to the presidential campaigns of three GOP candidates — George W. Bush, Mitt Romney and the late John McCain.