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A Conversation with White House Chief Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow

Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow joins Robert Costa on Monday, Dec. 7. (Video: The Washington Post)
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Larry Kudlow has been the White House chief economic adviser and director of the National Economic Council for over two years. A loyal confidant to President Trump, Kudlow joins Washington Post national political reporter Robert Costa for a one-on-one discussion about the state of the U.S. economy, whether Congress can pass a COVID-19 relief bill before adjourning and the economic challenges the next administration will face.


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White House Chief Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow says he believes it’s “likely” President Trump would sign the Problem Solvers’ stimulus proposal, but it “depends importantly,” on details inside. “It’s not the aggregate number, so much as it is the specific policies.” (Video: Washington Post Live)
White House Chief Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow said President Trump “always wanted a deal” pre-election,” adding “what he didn’t want is a $3 or $4 trillion package… There have to be some liability limits in this.” (Video: Washington Post Live)

Larry Kudlow, White House Chief Economic Adviser and Director of the National Economic Council

Lawrence A. Kudlow serves as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council. He leads the coordination of President Donald J. Trump’s domestic and global economic policy agenda.

During President Trump’s campaign, Mr. Kudlow served as a tax and economic advisor. Prior to the White House, Mr. Kudlow was a CNBC Senior Contributor and host of CNBC’s primetime show “The Kudlow Report.” He also served as chief economist and senior managing director of Bear Stearns & Company.

During President Reagan’s first term, Mr. Kudlow was associate director for economics and planning at the Office of Management and Budget, where he was engaged in the development of the Administration’s economic and budget policy. He started his career at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Mr. Kudlow has been a nationally syndicated columnist. He was a senior editor of National Review magazine, as well as a columnist and economics editor for National Review Online. He is also the author of “JFK and the Reagan Revolution: A Secret History of American Prosperity” and “American Abundance: The New Economic and Moral Prosperity.”

He previously served as the president of St. Patrick’s Church Parish Council in Redding, Connecticut and on the Fordham University Board of Trustees. Mr. Kudlow has won numerous awards, including the Bishop’s Humanitarian Award from the Catholic Charities of Brooklyn & Queens, the New York Police Department Holy Name Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Ambassadors for Mission Award from the Pontifical Mission Societies of the United States.

Mr. Kudlow was educated at the University of Rochester and Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.