President Trump has reportedly spoken with CNBC commentator and analyst Larry Kudlow about joining the White House as his new chief economic adviser. Sources cited by The Washington Post on Monday said Trump has held two recent phone conversations with Kudlow about the matter, making him a likely candidate to succeed Gary Cohn as the director of the White House’s National Economic Council. Cohn’s resignation was announced last week after Trump’s decision to increase tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Kudlow, who worked in the Reagan White House and advised Trump during the 2016 campaign, is best known as a media personality but has reportedly served as an informal adviser to the president over the past year. While Trump has yet to make a final decision on who will take over for Cohn, Kudlow is said to have progressed rather far in the selection process, having already spoken with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and senior adviser Jared Kushner on the matter, the Post reports.
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