White House Economic Advisor Suffers Heart Attack

FILE- In this May 18, 2018, file photo, White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks during a television interview outside the West Wing of the White House, in Washington. President Donald Trump's top economic adviser says the president now prefers to negotiate separately with Canada and Mexico over their three-country trade deal. Still, Kudlow told "Fox & Friends" that Trump isn't going to withdraw the U.S. from the North American Free Trade Agreement. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

FILE- In this May 18, 2018, file photo, White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks during a television interview outside the West Wing of the White House, in Washington. President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser says the president now prefers to negotiate separately with Canada and Mexico over their three-country trade deal. Still, Kudlow told “Fox & Friends” that Trump isn’t going to withdraw the U.S. from the North American Free Trade Agreement. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, a staunch defender of President Donald Trump’s tough stance on global trade, suffered a heart attack and was being treated on Monday at a Washington-area hospital, Trump said in a tweet.

 

“Our Great Larry Kudlow, who has been working so hard on trade and the economy, has just suffered a heart attack. He is now in Walter Reed Medical Center,” Trump said on Twitter minutes before he met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

Kudlow’s wife, Judy Kudlow, said her husband was “doing fine,” Washington Post reporter Robert Costa said on Twitter.

 

 

 

No additional information on Kudlow’s condition was immediately available from the White House. The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is in suburban Maryland. A longtime television commentator, Kudlow, 70, was hired by Trump in March to replace Gary Cohn as director of the National Economic Council. Kudlow joined the president at the Group of Seven summit in Quebec on Friday and Saturday. 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. Trudeau, in a news conference on Saturday, reiterated his strong objections to steep tariffs on Canadian exports of steel and aluminum to the United States. In return, Trump called the Canadian leader “very dishonest” and “weak,” and said the United States would not endorse a joint G7 communique.