Lawrence A. Kudlow, assistant to the president for economic policy and director of the National Economic Council, discussed the US economy and trade policy with C. Fred Bergsten, Peterson Institute for International Economics, in an on-the-record “fireside chat” on June 13, 2019.
Kudlow assumed his current position in the White House in April 2018, where he plays a central role on the entire range of US economic policies including the ongoing trade negotiations with China and other international initiatives. He directs the National Economic Council, which coordinates economic policy including foreign economic policy. During the first term of the Reagan administration, Kudlow was associate director for economics and planning at the Office of Management and Budget. He began his career as a staff economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and became chief economist and a senior managing director at Bear Stearns from 1987 until 1995.
Prior to the White House, Kudlow was a CNBC senior contributor and host of CNBC’s primetime show The Kudlow Report. His extensive media career began on CNBC in 2001, moving from Kudlow and Cramer to Kudlow and Company in 2005 and later The Call and The Kudlow Report (along with The Larry Kudlow Show on talk radio). He has been a nationally syndicated columnist, senior editor of National Review magazine, and a columnist and economic editor for National Review Online.