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Politics Kudlow to be top White House economic adviser as Trump adds longtime loyalist

19:16  14 march  2018
19:16  14 march  2018 Source:   msn.com

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The choice of Kudlow — a longtime TV analyst and generational peer — illustrates how Trump is increasingly looking to stack his inner circle with longtime loyalists after more than a year President Trump has picked conservative economic commentator Larry Kudlow as his top economic adviser .

WASHINGTON – Larry Kudlow on Wednesday accepted an offer from President Donald Trump to head the White House ’s National Economic Council, according to three people familiar with the decision. Kudlow has also been an informal Trump adviser over the past year.

a man wearing glasses talking on a cell phone: President Trump has picked conservative economic commentator Larry Kudlow as his top economic adviser. © Leah Binkovitz/ President Trump has picked conservative economic commentator Larry Kudlow as his top economic adviser.

Larry Kudlow on Wednesday accepted an offer from President Trump to head the White House’s National Economic Council, according to three people familiar with the decision.

Kudlow had been seen as the front-runner, but Trump formally offered Kudlow the job Wednesday to replace former Goldman Sachs executive Gary Cohn, who resigned last week, largely over a fight over imposing tariffs that he lost.

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WASHINGTON – Larry Kudlow on Wednesday accepted an offer from President Donald Trump to head the White House ’s National Economic Council, according to three people familiar with the decision. Kudlow has also been an informal Trump adviser over the past year.

Mr. Kudlow will assume the role of Mr. Trump ’s top economic adviser , replacing Gary D. Cohn, who said he would resign after The decision to pick Mr. Kudlow , a longtime cheerleader of the president, is the latest move by Mr. Trump to surround himself with loyalists in high administrative posts.

Kudlow, 70, is described by White House officials as someone who connects with the president personally and politically. Kudlow, born and raised in New Jersey, shares with Trump a hard-charging personality and a fondness for being a media figure and both have hosted television programs. Kudlow has also been an informal Trump adviser over the past year.

He was also an adviser to Trump during the 2016 campaign and worked closely with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on the design of an initial tax plan. But in media appearances in the past month, Kudlow has been critical of Trump’s proclamations imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports — opposition that for other candidates might have been disqualifying.

On March 3, Kudlow joined Steve Moore and Arthur Laffer in a column for CNBC.com that was sharply critical of Trump’s proposal to impose the tariffs. Trump has said he understands Kudlow disagrees.

Kudlow worked in the Reagan White House but has spent much of his time in recent years working for CNBC and other media outlets.

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