Trump eyes ex-Microsoft staffer as top economic aide

President Donald Trump told people that he has settled on Larry Kudlow to replace Gary Cohn as the new director of the White House's National Economic Council according to a source familiar with his conversations

U.S. President Donald Trump signaled on Tuesday that conservative commentator Larry Kudlow is the front-runner to become the top economic adviser at the White House, though he said he was also speaking with other candidates.

Liddell is now the White House's director of strategic initiatives and is said to be a key ally of Jared Kushner in an administration rife with internal feuds.

"Chris has been in the White House since January of 2017, seems to get along with Jared Kushner as well as John Kelly". The source said staffers are anxious about the direction of the White House's economic policy.

Liddell, the White House's director of strategic initiatives, was a top executive at Microsoft and General Motors.

Cohn announced his resignation as NEC director last week in a move that was triggered by Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

The president has always wanted a prominent business figure to oversee the council, according to people who have spoken with him. But Knight was uninterested, officials said. He had been a senior official at Goldman Sachs, a leading investment bank. "He's one of the best economic voices out there for free-enterprise economics".

Mr. Trump has not made a firm decision, those briefed on the process said.

For example, Sen. Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee - which has jurisdiction over global trade issues - has warned higher prices caused by the steel tariffs could undermine the effects of the recent tax cut bill for middle-class voters.



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