The conservative economist Stephen Moore, who advised Trump’s presidential campaign on economic policy, said at a lunchtime speech to the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce’s economic club that Trump would appoint Kudlow for the job “within the next 48 hours," according to a report from The Detroit News.
“And who better than Larry? He’s one of the great economists in this country,” Moore said in the same speech.
Kudlow worked alongside Moore as an economic adviser on the Trump campaign, which included formulating Trump's tax plan.
The Wall Street Journal also reported Thursday that Kudlow has emerged as a leading candidate for the post, citing anonymous sources familiar with the transition.
Before working for CNBC as an commentator and host, Kudlow worked for the New York Federal Reserve, in the Reagan White House as a budget official, and as chief economist for Bear Sterns betweens 1987 and 1994. According to the Wall Street Journal, Kudlow would also be the first CEA chair without a PhD.
The three-member council, usually staffed from academia, advises the president on economic matters and compiles an annual economic report.