Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Business | By Max Garcia

Trump eyes ex-Microsoft staffer as top economic aide

Trump eyes ex-Microsoft staffer as top economic aide

Kudlow, who now hosts the CNBC program "The Kudlow Report", is a veteran of the Reagan administration.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about deregulation at the White House in Washington Thomson Reuters (Reuters) - Chris Liddell, a former executive at Microsoft Corp and General Motors Co, is under consideration to become U.S. President Donald Trump's top economic adviser, a White House official said on Sunday, confirming media reports. He is known for his stalwart defense of Mr. Trump and conservative economic policies, such as low taxes and reduced spending. Cohn had broken publicly with President Trump over his response to violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. last summer, and was rumored to have considered leaving at the time. The post was vacated last week by Gary Cohn. Trump's announcement two weeks ago that he would pursue tariffs on aluminum and steel was apparently the final straw for Cohn. He had been a senior official at Goldman Sachs, a leading investment bank.

Cramer, who has worked with Kudlow at the network on the show "Kudlow and Cramer", reported that Kudlow has not been formally offered the job, but is the leading choice among the president and some of his advisers.

"Tariffs damage the user of the commodity, in this case, steel", Kudlow said.

Prominent supply-side economist Arthur Laffer also said he hoped Kudlow gets the position. "Australia is exempt. I guarantee you, all of Europe is going to wind up being exempt", he told John Catsimatidis on AM 970.

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