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Top Biden aide Brian Deese plans departure from the White House

Nov 17 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden’s top economic advisor Brian Deese is expected to leave the White House next year, Bloomberg News reported Thursday.

Deese is expected to step down as director of the National Economic Council (NEC) in the spring or summer, the report said, citing people familiar with the matter.

It gave no reason, but said White House officials are bracing for leaving now that the midterm elections are over.

Administrative aides discussed whether Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo should move to the West Wing to run the NEC, Bloomberg said, adding that the White House coordinator for Biden’s pandemic relief effort and a senior adviser to the president, Gene Sperling , are also expected to ask his hand for Deese’s work.

Deese told the Economic Club of Washington on Sept. 27 that he had no intention of leaving.

“There is no timeline for Brian’s departure and the president and Brian’s colleagues want to keep it that way,” a White House official told Reuters, adding that reports suggesting Brian has a timeline for his departure are false.

Another White House economic adviser, Cecilia Rouse, has made clear her plans to leave in late 2022 or early next year to return to her academic post. (Reporting by Rhea Binoy in Bengaluru and Andrea Shalal; editing by Nick Macfie)

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