Kevin Allen Hassett is an American economist. He was John McCain's chief economic adviser in the 2000 presidential primaries and an economic adviser to the campaigns of George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election and McCain in the presidential election of 2008. In early 2017, Hassett was nominated by U.S. President Donald Trump to become the 29th chair of the Council of Economic Advisers.
The pick to be the next chair of the Council of Economic Advisors, American Enterprise Institute economist Kevin Hassett, breaks with the president on a couple of key issues that helped Trump win the presidency: China: Hassett warned in 2010 that bashing China-U.S. trade policy would bring the U.S. back to the downward spiral in the 1930s; Globalization: "An absolute prerequisite for long-term economic growth is full participation in the global economy and trading system."; Immigrant workers: [E]conomic growth could expand significantly if immigration in the U.S. were expanded."
According to the The New York Times, Hasset's nomination by President Trump to lead the Council of Economic Advisers, met with opposition by Trump supporters who are anti-immigration, such as Breitbart, American Renaissance, Infowars, the Center for Immigration Studies and "leaders of the white nationalist 'alt-right' movement". Hassett—"like most economists...believes that immigration spurs economic growth."
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