UPDATED, 12:47 PM: The White House issued a statement today updating the status of chief economic adviser and former CNBC host Larry Kudlow. His heart attack was announced Monday in a tweet by President Donald Trump just before the North Korea summit began. “National Economic Council Director and Assistant to the President Larry Kudlow is expected to remain at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as a standard precaution after experiencing what his doctors say was a very mild heart attack yesterday,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in the statement. “His doctors expect Larry will make a full and speedy recovery. We look forward to seeing him back at work soon. Larry and his wife Judy wanted to express heartfelt appreciation for all of the thoughts, prayers and well-wishes.
PREVIOUSLY, June 11: President Donald Trump, in transit to his historic summit with North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-un, tweeted that Larry Kudlow, his new chief economic adviser, has suffered a heart attack.
“Our Great Larry Kudlow, who has been working so hard on trade and the economy, has just suffered a heart attack,” Trump tweeted Monday evening, U.S. time. He is now in Walter Reed Medical Center.”
Kudlow, 70, joined Team Trump in mid-March, coming from CNBC. He replaced Gary Cohn, who resigned after losing his battle against imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Ironically, Kudlow opposed the tariffs as well, writing an open letter to Trump saying such a protectionist move is nothing but a tax hike in disguise, that gets passed on to consumers at the cash register.
Kudlow appeared on Jake Tapper’s CNN Sunday Beltway show, State Of The Union, this past Sunday, accusing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of undermining the US and the G-7 confab with his comments.