Trump provided Kudlow the job Tuesday evening over the telephone and he accepted, the supply mentioned.
White Home press secretary Sarah Sanders later confirmed Kudlow’s rent in a press release to reporters.
“Larry Kudlow was provided, and accepted, the place of assistant to the President for Economic Coverage and Director of the Nationwide Economic Council,” Sanders mentioned. “We’ll work to have an orderly transition and can maintain everybody posted on the timing of him formally assuming the position.”
The transfer makes Kudlow Trump’s second top economic adviser after Gary Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs govt who labored for Trump for over a yr, introduced his resignation earlier this month over inner disagreements across the President’s resolution to impose tariffs on metal and aluminum imports.
Trump acknowledged his disagreement on tariffs with Kudlow in a dialog with reporters on Tuesday, however mentioned he welcomed the distinction of opinion.
“I am taking a look at Larry Kudlow very strongly. I’ve identified him a very long time. We do not agree on every little thing however on this case I believe that is good. I need to have a divergent opinion — we agree on most,” Trump mentioned.
He added that Kudlow has “come round to believing in tariffs as a negotiating level.”
Peter Navarro, Trump’s top commerce adviser and a fervent proponent of the President’s tariffs, was seen because the drive behind Cohn’s eventual departure. The 2 butted heads over the choice and internally Trump’s resolution was seen as a win for Navarro and a harmful loss for Cohn.
Cautious of the narrative that Navarro and Kudlow will conflict in the identical approach that Navarro and Cohn did, a supply shut to Navarro mentioned the President’s commerce adviser is “very joyful” with Kudlow’s choice.
The supply mentioned the 2 males have been mates for years, courting again to the time they spent on CNBC units collectively as economic analysts.
Whereas the 2 males differ on commerce, the supply mentioned Navarro and Kudlow agree on almost each different economic problem.
However Navarro publicly criticized Kudlow’s views on commerce in an interview with CNN earlier this month.
“Larry and Steve have by no means, ever supported the President on commerce,” Navarro informed CNN’s Jake Tapper. Though the commerce adviser mentioned that the three had been “brothers in arms throughout the marketing campaign” they’re “useless mistaken on the economics” of commerce.
One other supply mentioned Kudlow and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have a a lot friendlier relationship than Mnuchin had with Cohn. They labored collectively on Trump’s economic plan throughout the presidential marketing campaign, the supply added.
Trump hinted that Kudlow was his decide on the time, telling reporters that the media character “has a superb probability” at getting the job.
Trump spoke to Kudlow a number of occasions over the previous week, a separate particular person acquainted with the matter mentioned, however the economist was not formally provided the job till Tuesday.
The choice rapidly acquired plaudits from Capitol Hill Republicans who’ve lengthy identified Kudlow as a media analyst and common at Republican conferences.
“Could not be extra happy,” mentioned Tom Cole, an Oklahoma Republican. “He’s any person that Home Republicans are terribly snug with.”
CNN’s Jeremy Diamond and Kaitlan Collins contributed to this report.