Trump expected to tap Tomas Philipson as chief economist

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President Donald Trump is expected to name Tomas Philipson, a former University of Chicago economist and specialist in health care policy, as his next chief economist in the coming days, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Philipson, who already serves one of the three members of the Council of Economic Advisers, would replace Kevin Hassett as chairman of that council.

He will need to be confirmed by the Senate.

Philipson would take over the CEA at a critical time for the economy: Trump is threatening to raise tariffs on Mexico and wrangling with China in ongoing negotiations, tensions that could threaten the near-record-long economic expansion.

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