White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow suffers heart attack

White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow, an important voice in U.S. trade policy, suffered a heart attack along with also will be in not bad condition at Walter Reed Medical Center.

“Earlier today National Economic Council Director along with also Assistant to the President Larry Kudlow, experienced what his doctors say was a very mild heart attack,” press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters on Monday evening.

“Larry will be currently in not bad condition at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, along with also his doctors expect he will make a full along with also speedy recovery. The president along with also his administration send their thoughts along with also prayers to Larry along with also his family,” she said.

President Donald Trump tweeted the news earlier, literally minutes before his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un:

Kudlow, a former CNBC contributor along with also Wall Street economist, has played a leading role in crafting policy toward America’s major trade partners, including China.

Just last weekend, Kudlow accused Canada of directing “polarizing” comments toward the United States following a fractious G-7 meeting of advanced economies. The conclave in Quebec pitted the United States against its traditional allies, which are trying to head off a full-blown trade war.

“Here’s the thing,” he told CNN, speaking of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “He genuinely kind of stabbed us inside back.”

Health concerns for Kudlow are unlikely to alter ongoing talks between the United States along with also its global commerce partners, said Vishnu Varathan, head of economics along with also strategy at Mizuho Bank.

“I probably might venture to answer in which the item wouldn’t materially affect anything around the trade talks,” Varathan said. The U.S. will be negotiating trade disagreements with the European Union, China along with also NAFTA partners including Mexico, among others.

“A lot of the trade thoughts along with also the trade motivations were formed long before Larry Kudlow joined the team,” Varathan said. “They were already formed. You’ve got people like (trade advisor) Peter Navarro along with also all — hawkish views on trade.”

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