Top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, a staunch defender of President Donald Trump’s tough stance on global trade, was in good condition in a Washington-area hospital after suffering a heart attack, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Tuesday.
Trump tweeted that Kudlow, the Director of the National Economic Council, had suffered a heart attack late Monday night.
Trump is currently in Singapore for a long-awaited meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which has been highly anticipated since the president announced the talks in recent months.
According to the tweet, Kudlow has been taken to the Walter Reed Medical Center .
“Our Great Larry Kudlow, who has been working so hard on trade and the economy, has just suffered a heart attack. He is now in Walter Reed Medical Center,” Trump said on Twitter minutes before he was scheduled to meet with Kim.
Kudlow appeared on CNN this past weekend and accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of “stabbing us in the back,” after Trump’s abrupt departure from the G7 Summit.
Kudlow, one of Trump’s top economic officials, accused Canada of making polarizing comments about the United States’ trade policy, and said that President Donald Trump had to pull out of a joint statement as a result.
These comments followed several tweets by Trump about Trudeau, calling him “dishonest” and “meek,” following an unseemly end to the G7 summit trade talks.
-With a file from Reuters.