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White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow suffers heart attack, Trump says

12 June 2018

US President Donald Trump says his top economic adviser Larry Kudlow has had a heart attack and is now in hospital. "He is now in Walter Reed Medical Center", Trump said on Twitter minutes before he was scheduled to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

The White House didn't immediately comment on his condition. Kudlow's wife, Judy Pond, told the Washington Post late Monday night that "he's doing fine".

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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. The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is in suburban Maryland.

Kudlow, 70, a conservative commentator, replaced Gary Cohn who resigned in March.

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Kudlow joined Trump last week in Canada for the G-7 meeting of world leaders.

Kudlow had worked as a White House budget aide in the Reagan administration, and had also been an informal advisor to the 2016 Trump campaign. He did several media interviews on Sunday to vigorously defend Trump after the president's trade spat with summit host Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He was a CNBC contributor before returning to the White House this year.

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White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow suffers heart attack, Trump says