Top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow suffers heart attack, Trump says


U.S. President Donald Trump's chief economic advisor, a key player in the White House's trade war who blasted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the weekend, suffered a heart attack Monday evening. "He is now in Walter Reed Medical Center", Trump said on Twitter minutes before he was scheduled to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore. Kudlow said he is "in accord" with Trump's agenda and his team at the White House would help implement the policies set by the president.

A longtime television commentator, Kudlow, 70, was hired by Trump in March to replace Gary Cohn as director of the National Economic Council. The meeting was shadowed by the Trump administration's escalation of rhetoric on trade and tariffs and splintered shortly after the president left Quebec and tweeted he was pulling back his approval of a joint statement by the group.

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Kudlow, who is a wry and upbeat speaker, has adopted some of Trump's hard-line rhetoric while working inside the West Wing. He previously worked as a host on CNBC, and before that as a banker and economic adviser in the Reagan administration. Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" show on Sunday, Kudlow called Trudeau's criticism of Trump's tariff proposals "a betrayal" that "really kind of stabbed us in the back". His recovery was a great source of pride for him and for his friends, contributing to his upbeat manner.