Wednesday 12 December 2018

Trump economic advisor Larry Kudlow suffers heart attack

Larry Kudlow (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
Larry Kudlow (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
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Donald Trump's chief economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, has suffered a "very mild" heart attack, the White House said.

Mr Kudlow was being treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre in Bethesda, Maryland, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters in Singapore.

She said Mr Kudlow was in good condition and "doing well".

Mr Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, had joined President Donald Trump last week in Canada for the meeting of the G7 world leaders.

Minutes before Mr Trump met with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Singapore, the president tweeted, "Our Great Larry Kudlow, who has been working so hard on trade and the economy, has just suffered a heart attack."

On Sunday, Mr Kudlow appeared on CNN to back up Mr Trump's complaint that he had been blindsided by Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau's criticism of his tariff threats. 

The meeting, which had been shadowed by the Trump administration's escalation of rhetoric on trade and tariffs, splintered shortly after the president left Quebec and tweeted he was pulling back his approval of a joint G7 statement. 

Mr Kudlow previously served in the Reagan administration and emerged as a leading evangelist for tax cuts and smaller government.

The famously pinstripe-suited Mr Kudlow succeeded Gary Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs executive who left the post in a dispute over Mr Trump's decision to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminium.

With Mr Trump's tax cuts already being implemented, Mr Kudlow has been advising a president who pushed to tax foreign imports - a policy Mr Kudlow personally opposes.

Mr Kudlow said he is "in accord" with Mr Trump's agenda and his team at the White House would help implement the policies set by the president. 

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