White House expected to reassign economic adviser amid internal tension

The White House is expected to soon reassign a top official on the National Economic Council amid internal tension among President Donald Trump’s aides, two administration officials told POLITICO.

Kenneth Juster, the NEC’s deputy director and an adviser to Trump on international economic affairs, is expected to be removed from the council “imminently,” one administration official said, though it’s unclear where he will land.

“He is not long for the White House. I know he is going to be reassigned,” the administration official said. “He is not going to be here long. The question is where will he go. That’s the only reason he’s not gone already is they’re trying to find him an alternate position.”

Neither Juster nor the White House responded to a request for comment.

Two officials said Juster had been involved in disagreements within the administration between the so-called “globalists” and “nationalists” at the White House. That tension has prominently played out between NEC director Gary Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs executive and registered Democrat, and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who helped shape Trump’s nationalistic rhetoric during the campaign.

The official who said Juster’s reassignment was imminent said Juster is under consideration for an ambassadorship, possibly the U.S. ambassador to India.

Juster is a former partner at the investment firm Warburg Pincus. He worked at the Commerce Department during the George W. Bush administration and at the State Department during the George H.W. Bush administration.

The expected change comes several weeks after Andrew Quinn, a White House trade adviser, was reassigned. Quinn had come under fire from conservatives and Breitbart News, of which Bannon used to be the executive chairman.

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