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Top Trump advisor to remain hospitalized as precaution

Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, suffers mild heart attack, White House says

12.06.2018
Top Trump advisor to remain hospitalized as precaution

By Michael Hernandez

WASHINGTON

President Donald Trump's top economic advisor, Larry Kudlow, will remain at a suburban Washington hospital as a "standard precaution" after suffering a heart attack, the White House said Tuesday.

Kudlow, 70, suffered a "very mild heart attack yesterday", the White House said in a statement after his hospitalization Monday.

"His doctors expect Larry will make a full and speedy recovery. We look forward to seeing him back at work soon," spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

He is being treated at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Kudlow has been a point person defending the president's recent controversial decision to apply economic penalties on steel and aluminum imports. The tariffs have roiled close allies in Europe, Mexico and Canada, threatening possible trade wars amid vows of retaliation.

Kudlow most recently joined Trump at the G7 summit in Canada where the metals duties were a source of major tension between the leaders of the world's seven largest advanced economies.

Following the summit, Kudlow told CNN that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has been a target of Trump's ire, "really kind of stabbed us in the back".

A former Wall Street banker and television commentator, Kudlow battled cocaine and alcohol addiction during the early 1990's, telling the New York Times earlier this year he has been sober for over 20 years.

He is Trump's second National Economic Council director after replacing Gary Cohn, who resigned in March over the metals tariffs.


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