White House economic adviser Kudlow suffers heart attack

Clay Curtis
June 12, 2018

President Trump tweeted that his economic advisor Larry Kudlow had suffered a heart attack just minutes before the president met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

"Our Great Larry Kudlow, who has been working so hard on trade and the economy, has just suffered a heart attack".

Kudlow's condition wasn't immediately known. The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is in suburban Maryland.

Washington Post reporter Robert Costa received a statement from Kudlow's wife Judy Kudlow.

Over the weekend, Kudlow waded into a tense back-and-forth between Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after the Group of Seven gathering of the world's major industrial nations in Canada's Quebec province.

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Kudlow, a former Wall Street economist and television host, was selected by Trump to serve as Director of the National Economic Council in March.

"It was a betrayal", Kudlow told Tapper of Trudeau having said in the news conference Saturday that Canada will "move forward with retaliatory measures" on July 1 in response to the Trump administration's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, the European Union and Mexico.

When he was a CNBC contributor before taking the White House job, Kudlow argued the metals tariffs Trump had announced would harm consumers.

As a commentator, Kudlow had strongly backed Trump's moves to cut taxes and reduce business regulations but was openly critical toward the president's tariffs moves.

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