Asked in July about the prospects of Congress passing a new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, Kudlow said legislative forecasting was not his “lane.” (Moments later, Kudlow said the agreement would pass if there was a vote).
Asked in November 2018 whether U.S. energy policy was impacting the Trump administration’s response to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Kudlow said, “I’m trying so hard to swim in my own lane.”
And asked in August 2018 whether domestic Chinese political opposition to President Xi Jingping could provide an opening in trade negotiations, Kudlow replied, “Way out of my lane.”
Kudlow’s dodges come as President Trump has restricted press access, gone a record 155 days without an official White House press briefing and regularly forces reporters to shout questions over a roaring helicopter, making the press increasingly reliant on informal and sometimes curtailed “gaggles” with White House officials.
At times, Trump officials have been hesitant to take positions on issues given Trump’s proclivity for openly contradicting them, sometimes minutes later. But even when a topic is seemingly in Kudlow’s economic “lane,” he will still dodge.
“Well it comes under the National Economic Council, doesn’t it?” Stephanopoulos replied.
“Well I suppose so, but again, I haven’t been involved in that discussion,” Kudlow conceded.
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