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Trump says Larry Kudlow suffers a heart attack

12 June 2018

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday (Jun 12) tweeted that his top economic advisor had suffered a heart attack.

Mr. Kudlow's condition was not immediately clear.

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"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, US time. During President Ronald Reagan's first term, Kudlow was associate director for economics and planning in the White House's Office of Management and Budget. The meeting was shadowed by the Trump administration's escalation of rhetoric on trade and tariffs and splintered shortly after the president left Quebec and tweeted he was pulling back his approval of a joint statement by the group.

Kudlow, 70, joined Team Trump in mid-March, coming from CNBC.

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Mr. Kudlow is nominally in favour of free trade, but has backed Mr. Trump's nationalistic economic agenda, which has included steel and aluminium tariffs against Canada, Mexico and the European Union, as well as threats of further tariffs on autos. "He is now in Walter Reed Medical Center", Mr. Trump wrote.

Kudlow went on to label Trudeau's news conference, at which the prime minister said "Canadians will not be pushed around" on the issue of tariffs, as a "betrayal".

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USA conservative commentator and economic analyst Larry Kudlow speaks on the set of CNBC at the closing bell of the Dow Industrial Average at the New York Stock Exchange on March 8, 2018 in New York.

Trump says Larry Kudlow suffers a heart attack