Trump's adviser suffers heart attack as historic talks take place

As the world eagerly awaited the landmark meeting between Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the US President briefly interupted the media circus, taking to Twitter to reveal one of the White House’s top economic adviser’s had suffered a heart attack.

With the world’s media closely following his motorcade to the luxury Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore, Trump shared the news that Larry Kudlow was in hospital.

“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 met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

Kudlow’s wife, Judy Kudlow, said her husband was “doing fine,” Washington Post reporter Robert Costa said on Twitter.

No additional information on Kudlow’s condition was immediately available from the White House. The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is in suburban Maryland.

Inn this June 6, 2018, photo, senior White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks during a briefing in Washington. Source: AP

A longtime television commentator, Kudlow, 70, was hired by Trump in March to replace Gary Cohn as director of the National Economic Council.

Kudlow joined the president at the Group of Seven summit in Quebec on Friday and Saturday. He did several media interviews on Sunday to vigorously defend Trump after the president’s trade spat with summit host Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Trudeau, in a news conference on Saturday, reiterated his strong objections to steep tariffs on Canadian exports of steel and aluminum to the United States. In return, Trump called the Canadian leader “very dishonest” and “weak,” and said the United States would not endorse a joint G7 communique.

In an interview with CNN on Sunday, Kudlow said: “(Trudeau) really kind of stabbed us in the back.”

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in Singapore. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Kudlow, a Republican who served as an economic adviser to former President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s and also worked on Wall Street, is an ardent advocate of “supply side” economic policies that focus on cutting taxes and reducing regulations.

He has acknowledged ups and downs in his life, having been addicted to drugs and alcohol before getting sober more than 20 years ago.

When he was a CNBC contributor before taking the White House job, Kudlow argued the metals tariffs Trump had announced would harm consumers. The month he was tapped for the White House job, he co-authored an article that argued such tariffs were akin to sanctions on the United States itself.

At the White House, however, he was one of the most visible and vocal of advisers arguing that the president was simply trying to fix a broken global trade system in which the United States was not being treated fairly.