Sunday, 24 June, 2018

Top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow hospitalised after heart attack

Carolyn Kaster  AP Carolyn Kaster AP
Steven Clarke | 12 June, 2018, 06:43

President Trump tweeted that Kudlow suffered a heart attack and is hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center.

Trump tweeted just minutes before his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that Kudlow is being treated at Walter Reed Medical Center.

Kudlow, 70, a conservative commentator, replaced Gary Cohn who resigned in March.

Kudlow had joined Trump at the contentious G-7 at the end of last week.

Larry Kudlow was taken to a Washington-area hospital, Mr. Trump announced on Twitter.

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Kudlow appeared on television afterward saying Trudeau was "polarizing" and "really kind of stabbed us in the back".

A longtime TV personality, Kudlow, 70, succeeded former Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn who quit Trump's team in March in protest at the decision to slap steep U.S. tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

Later, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, who was traveling with the president, issued a statement that said Kudlow's doctors said he had a "very mild heart attack". He previously worked as a host on CNBC, and before that as a banker and economic adviser in the Reagan administration.

Kudlow has been married to his third wife, Judy Pond, since 1986. Before joining the White House, he had vehementlyopposed the protectionist trade agenda that Trump promoted, but he became a forceful advocate for Trump's policies since joining the administration.

Kudlow, a wry and upbeat speaker, has also adopted some of Trump's hard-line rhetoric while working inside the West Wing. His recovery has always been a source of pride for him and his friends, contributing to his optimistic outlook.

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