Trump ‘Had It Out’ With Kudlow Over His Admission On Tariffs During Fox Interview

Larry Kudlow, NEC Director and Assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump for Economic Policy, conducts a press briefing on the G7 Summit in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto)
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President Trump was vexed with National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow after he partially acknowledged in an interview with “Fox News Sunday” that U.S. consumers will have to front part of the burden for the administration’s tariffs on Chinese imports, The Washington Post reported.

Trump reportedly called Kudlow after the TV hit and “they had it out,” a White House official told the Post. Two other officials described the call as cordial to the Post.

During an interview on Fox on Sunday, Chris Wallace pressed Kudlow to acknowledge that U.S. businesses and consumers would eventually be the ones paying for Trump’s escalated trade war with China.

“But it’s U.S. businesses and U.S. consumers who pay, correct?” Wallace said, after Kudlow dodged questions about the tariffs.

“Yes, to some extent,” Kudlow eventually said.

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