Time To Bail: Top Biden Economist Brian Flees White House

  • Top White House economist Brian Deese is stepping down from his position after two years in one of the biggest staffing shuffles so far in President Biden’s West Wing.
  • The 44-year-old Deese’s exit as director of the National Economic Council was announced hours after new White House chief of staff Jeff Zients assumed power at a Wednesday night transition ceremony with outgoing chief Ron Klain — who, like Deese, joined the administration in January 2021.
  • It’s unclear who will replace Deese, who was a relatively young member of Biden’s senior White House cadre, which is comprised heavily of longtime aides who amassed wealth in private-sector jobs between government stints.