The Washington Examiner reports that Brian Deese is leaving the Biden administration.
Deese is one of President Joe Biden’s top economic advisors. He has been the director of the National Economic Council (NEC) for about two years now, since December 2020. Before that, he had held various positions in the Obama administration.
Now, however, it appears that Deese is leaving Biden behind.
Bloomberg News reported on Thursday that Deese “is expected to leave the White House next year.” The outlet cites “people familiar with his plans” as suggesting that the departure would be likely in the spring or summer of 2023.
The White House seems to have confirmed Deese’s plan to exit, but it has disputed the timing of the departure, saying, “there is no timeline for Brian’s departure and the President and Brian’s colleagues want to keep it that way.”
That being said, it seems that discussions are already taking place about Deese’s possible replacement.
Bloomberg reports that Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo and Gene Sperling, the senior advisor to the president, are two names that have popped up as potential replacements for Deese atop the NEC.
The big question
Whenever there is such a departure of a top advisor, the big question is always, “why?” As is almost always the case in such situations as this one, we don’t know the answer because neither the Biden administration nor Deese has revealed it.
It is no secret, however, that the country has not been doing so well economically. And so, some, such as the Washington Examiner, are suggesting that this is “part of a reshuffle that aims to address economic challenges facing the country as Democrats eye the road to 2024.”
Numerous reports indicate that the Biden administration, in fact, was anticipating such post-mid-term departures. And, they’re happening.
Cecilia Rouse, another economic advisor to the White House – the first Black chair of the Council of Economic Advisers – has also revealed her intention to leave the Biden administration in the near future.
With many experts considering a recession to be impending, it would appear to be a wise time to head for the exits.