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Top Trump Aide Joe Hagin Will Retire

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Vandana Rambaran Political Reporter

Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin will leave the White House next week and return to the private sector, the White House confirmed Tuesday.

Hagin was instrumental in organizing the North Korean nuclear summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un earlier in June. (RELATED: Trump’s Trying To Figure Out How To Cover Kim Jong Un’s Hotel Bill In Singapore: Report)

“Joe Hagin has been a huge asset to my administration. He planned and executed the longest and one of the most historic foreign trips ever made by a President, and he did it all perfectly,” Trump said. “We will miss him in the office and even more on the road.”

Hagin also served in the Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush administrations, making him one of the longest serving political appointees in the federal government and the longest serving deputy chiefs of staff.

Hagin was vying for the job of deputy director of the CIA after he returned from the summit in Singapore, according to reports by the Washington Post, but has instead decided to return to the private sector.

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