Trump signals Kudlow is front-runner for top economic job

Trump signals Kudlow is front-runner for top economic job

Expat Kiwi Chris Liddell could help moderate US President Trump's increasingly tough stance on trade if he were appointed his chief economic adviser, Business NZ chief executive Kirk Hope has speculated.

After reportedly penning several resignation letters after the president blamed "both sides" for terrorist attacks conducted by white supremacists a year ago, Cohn stayed at the White House to shepherd tax reform.

CNBC's Jim Cramer reported on Monday that Larry Kudlow, with whom Cramer hosted a show from 2002 to 2005, is the front-runner.

Trump was still hearing last-minute pleas from opponents of the tariff plan, and White House officials said they couldn't predict how the day would shake out.

Kudlow, 70, was an Office of Management and Budget official during the Reagan White House who went on to become an economist with a heavy TV presence and a syndicated column.

Rumors are already flying about who will replace Gary Cohn as President Donald Trump's top economic adviser.


"Trump has unconventional views on many issues".

"I think he'd be the ideal person for the job", he said. Cohn strongly opposed the president's plan to slap tariffs on the steel and aluminum imports and worked to provide exemptions to US allies such as Canada and Mexico.

In remarks to reporters on Tuesday, Trump said Kudlow has a "good chance" to be picked as the Director of the National Economic Council.

"I think those days are over, personally". In the same interview where he defended Cohn, Kudlow called Mr. Trump's tariffs "prosperity killers".

Kudlow recently praised Cohn on CNBC and said that he had urged him to remain at the White House.

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