Top White House economist set to depart amid coronavirus recession

The void left by Hassett, a regular TV presence who is well-liked by the president and top White House aides, along with Philipson will leave the president with fewer economic voices within the upper echelons of the White House, aside from National Economic Director Larry Kudlow and his top trade guru, Peter Navarro. Top administration officials are just starting to discuss another economic aid package as major provisions of the last one expire in June and July.

Trump has staked so much of his reelection message on the state of the economy, which was upended by the global pandemic and the ensuing lockdown in cities across the country. Now the White House faces a national unemployment rate of 13.3 percent, which far exceeds the unemployment numbers the U.S. saw during the Great Recession.

Philipson did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The last time Philipson appeared publicly at the White House was in early June, when he stood behind the president during a Rose Garden speech when Trump boasted about the latest job numbers.

It is not clear who will run the council after his departure.