Kevin Hassett & Tom Bossert

One of the most compelling programs right now features KEVIN HASSETT and TOM BOSSERT in conversation about what the next 6-12 months look like in politics, business, national security and the economy. These insiders bring hot insights to the nation's response to the health and economic crisis we're facing, and more to the point, what leaders need to know now to make decisions as economies and communities reopen. Their powerful positions and proximity to the President render them the most qualified voices to shape our understanding of what's happening in Washington and what we can expect in the months ahead.

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Kevin Hassett

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  • Chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers (2017-19)
  • Senior economic advisor to the President during the Coronavirus pandemic
  • Former Senior Economist, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve
  • Former Economic Advisor to George W. Bush, John McCain, and Mitt Romney

Dr. Kevin Hassett is among the world's leading economists, and served as the 29th Chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers from 2017 through 2019.  He was recently called back to the White House to serve as a special economic advisor to President Trump to manage data-driven decisions in response to the Coronavirus economic fallout.

While working in the Trump White House, Hassett was a key force driving internal and external debate on virtually every economic topic, from taxes and trade, to substance abuse and deregulation. While at the White House, Hassett was the top public spokesperson for the White House on economic policy and the state of economy, appearing regularly on Fox, Fox Business, CNBC, MSNBC, Bloomberg, CNN, and more.  Hassett was even drawn upon at times to run the televised White House press briefings. 

Sought-out by numerous presidential candidates, Hassett served as John McCain's chief economic adviser in the 2000 presidential primaries and an economic adviser to the campaigns of George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election and McCain in the presidential election of 2008. 

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Tom Bossert

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  • Former Homeland Security & Counterterrorism Advisor
  • National Security Analyst at ABC
  • Chief Strategy Officer at Trinity Cyber
  • Distinguished Fellow at Atlantic Council

Tom Bossert served as the Homeland Security Advisor under President Trump and Deputy Homeland Security Advisor under President Bush. During his time in the Trump Administration, Bossert was the Chief Advisor on Global Health Security, Cybersecurity, Homeland Security, and Counterterrorism. There he coordinated the President, Cabinet, and senior White House staff on a range of domestic and transnational security issues. In 2017, Bossert brief the world on “The Next Pandemic” at the Aspen Security Forum, warning the world of the coronavirus, and urging the administration and the global health community to invest in coordinated pandemic response. In his capacity, Bossert managed U.S. operational risk in the presidential transition, coordinated international cybersecurity policy, and operations, offensive and defensive, and led the successful federal government response and recovery operations to the most damaging and costly natural disaster season in U.S. history. Mr. Bossert led the Nation’s counterterrorism policy and coordinated global operations, dramatically increasing operational effectiveness, destroying the ISIS caliphate, and increasing the lethality of our forces around the world. He also coordinated all diplomatic and special operations for the return of U.S. hostages. Currently, Mr. Bossert serves as Chief Strategy Advisor at Trinity Cyber, National Security Analyst to ABC News, and Senior Fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the U.S. Atlantic Council.

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<p>Virtual Programming: Washington insiders and White House advisors Kevin Hassett and Tom Bossert in conversation about the world right now</p>

Virtual Programming: Washington insiders and White House advisors Kevin Hassett and Tom Bossert in conversation about the world right now

One of the most compelling programs right now features a conversation between Trump Covid-19 economic advisor and former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors KEVIN HASSETT and Trump's former Homeland Security Advisor TOM BOSSERT about what the next 6-12 months look like in politics, business, national security and the economy. These insiders bring hot insights to the nation's response to the health and economic crisis we're facing, and more to the point, what leaders need to know now to make decisions as economies and communities reopen. Their powerful positions and proximity to the President render them the most qualified voices to shape our understanding of what's happening in Washington and what we can expect in the months ahead.

Kevin Hassett served as Chairman of President Trump's Council of Economic Advisers until 2019, and was recently called back to the White House to manage data-driven decision-making during the pandemic and resulting economic collapse. Hassett told The Washington Post he was brought on board to shore up the administration's ability to sift through data, and he connected the White House economic and health teams. "When I came back, nobody knew where the ventilators were or how many we were going to need — there were a million data-intensive questions I came back to help out with," Hassett said. He was frequently tasked with explaining the data and decisions to the press, and was often seen giving his analysis from the White House on the Coronavirus economic recovery, including unemployment, stimulus packages, and economic indicators to glean the path ahead.

Tom Bossert served as President Trump's Homeland Security Advisor during his first year and half in office. He was the chief advisor to the President of the United States on cybersecurity, homeland security, counterterrorism, and global health security, coordinating the President, his Cabinet and other senior White House staff on a range of domestic and transnational security issues. He was the original architect of the U.S. response to a potential pandemic, which he outlined in his keynote titled "The Next Pandemic" delivered two years prior to the Coronavirus global pandemic, at the 2017 Aspen Security Forum. Bossert laid out his plans to improve the U.S. bio-defense strategy and predicted the next devastating pandemic, how governments and industries should prepare, and how they should respond. Bossert’s analysis has made headlines in virtually every major media outlet and he is a highly sought-after speaker for his insights and experience.

Biography

Kevin Hassett's Biography

Hassett served as the 29th Chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers from 2017 through 2019.

Prior to becoming Chairman of the CEA, he was an economist at the American Enterprise Institute since 1997. His most recent titles at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) included James Q. Wilson Chair in American Culture and Politics and Director of Research for Domestic Policy. He also served as Director of Economic Policy Studies and Resident Scholar from 2003 through 2014.

Prior to joining AEI, Hassett was a senior economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and an associate professor of economics and finance at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business of Columbia University. He has also served as a visiting professor at New York University’s Law School, as a consultant to the U.S. Treasury Department, and as an advisor to presidential campaigns. A noted expert in the field of public finance, Hassett has authored peer-reviewed articles in leading economics journals and has served as a columnist in leading media outlets. He received his bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and his PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Tom Bossert's Biography

Tom Bossert was the 7th U.S. Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism (commonly referred to as the Homeland Security Advisor), serving under President Donald J. Trump during his first year and half in office. As such, Mr. Bossert was the chief advisor to the President of the United States on cybersecurity, homeland security, counterterrorism, and global health security, coordinating the President, his Cabinet and other senior White House staff on a range of domestic and transnational security issues.

Mr. Bossert managed U.S. operational risk in the presidential transition, coordinated international cybersecurity policy and operations, offensive and defensive, and led the successful federal government response and recovery operations to the most damaging and costly natural disaster season in U.S. history. He instituted comprehensive policy and budget reforms to target all the drivers of effective cybersecurity and technology policy globally, applying the largest economic and financial sanctions ever imposed on adversary nations and individual criminal actors. He led the successful effort to reauthorize U.S. intelligence collection authority and led the international, congressional, executive branch, and private sector efforts to enact the CLOUD Act. These efforts allow the U.S. to lead on international data sharing and law enforcement while preventing costly data localization requirements for US businesses. Mr. Bossert led the Nation’s counterterrorism policy and coordinated global operations, dramatically increasing operational effectiveness, destroying the ISIS caliphate and increasing the lethality of our forces around the world. He also coordinated all diplomatic and special operations for the return of U.S. hostages.

Mr. Bossert previously served as Deputy Homeland Security Advisor under President George W. Bush and held a variety of other positions in the homeland and national security fields, worked as a lawyer and risk management consultant in private practice, and has been a leading voice on U.S. cybersecurity operations and policy for over a decade. Mr. Bossert is a senior executive with extensive experience in operational and strategic management roles. Prior to rejoining the White House, he was co-founder and general counsel of a unique cybersecurity start-up that operates highly advanced custom technology on behalf of its clients, and he founded and led a management consulting business that provided advice and support services to commercial companies and government agencies as they assessed and managed their multifaceted, complex risk structures and compliance requirements.

Currently, Mr Bossert serves as Chief Strategy Advisor at Trinity Cyber, National Security Analyst to ABC News, and Senior Fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the U.S. Atlantic Council.

Mr. Bossert was raised in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, received his bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and his law degree from The George Washington University Law School. He was an Engalitcheff Scholar on Comparative Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown University, has guest lectured at the Naval Post Graduate School.