Trump adviser Kudlow 'fine' after mild heart attack

Mr Larry Kudlow has played a key role in the US' ongoing trade talks.
Mr Larry Kudlow has played a key role in the US' ongoing trade talks.

WASHINGTON • President Donald Trump's top economic adviser Larry Kudlow is expected to recover fully after suffering a mild heart attack in the United States shortly before the President's nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a White House aide has said.

"The great @larry-kudlow is expected to make a full and speedy recovery after a very mild heart attack. Larry is one of the smartest, most endearing, funniest people I know. 'Hogie' is praying for you!" said White House spokesman Hogan Gidley on Twitter yesterday.

Mr Trump announced Mr Kudlow's heart attack in a tweet from Singapore shortly before meeting Mr Kim.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that Mr Kudlow experienced "a very mild heart attack" and had been admitted to Walter Reed Military Medical Centre on Monday.

Mr Kudlow's wife, Judy, said he was doing "fine", Washington Post reporter Robert Costa tweeted.

In another tweet, Mr Costa said Mr Kudlow was "up and talking" and had spoken by phone with conservative economist Art Laffer, citing two people close to Mr Kudlow.

A former economic adviser to president Ronald Reagan, Mr Kudlow has played a key role in ongoing trade talks, including disputes with China that led Mr Trump to threaten tariffs.

Mr Kudlow, along with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, is known as an advocate within the Trump administration of more robust trade in opposition to more protectionist views advocated by trade adviser Peter Navarro.

He co-authored an editorial arguing that tariffs are a tax on consumers earlier this year, before Mr Trump chose him as director of the White House National Economic Council. Yet Mr Kudlow has defended Mr Trump's trade policies in public since his appointment.

Mr Kudlow accompanied Mr Trump to the Group of Seven meeting in Quebec over the weekend.

For five years before his White House appointment in March, Mr Kudlow hosted a CNBC show on business and politics.

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