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March 14, 2018

Larry Kudlow Accepts Trump's Offer to Become His New National Economic Council Director

Couple of good things about this:

Kudlow was never a NeverTrumper, as so many of the sort of people who would fill this type of job are. So he won't, like some of Trump's advisers and secretaries, ignore his wishes or force his hand as far as decisions, making Trump completely distrust him.

Unlike Gary Cohn, Kudlow is a conservative Republican.

Kudlow is a free trader, as most conservative economists are. This could be a good thing. If Trump has an adviser who actually listens to him, Trump might listen back; while I imagine Trump to pursue his protectionist policies, Kudlow could advise him of the most defensible/least harmful policies to take (even if Kudlow objects to all such protectionist policies, pretty much, on principle).

There could be a happy medium to be found here. I know it's free trade doctrine that any and all trade restrictions are odious (which is how they ultimately get to being open borders: they consider labor to also be something that shouldn't be limited by mere borders or restrictive, prudish laws about citizenship), but perhaps some targeted version of tariffs could prod some countries to open up their markets more, which would appease Trump enough to not seek tougher medicine.

And oh:

Update: I may have been led astray by a tipster -- no Fox Report that Bolton is the new NSA.


The Twitter "lead" (That didn't turn out to be such a lead) might only refer to this tweet speculating about the possibility of a Bolton-for-McMasters switch:

Again, sorry. As my tipster is now complaining: How could someone get this effed up and say "Fox is reporting this" when they're not?

As I can't see Twitter (unless I go to a specific feed), I get a lot of "twitter news" only through tipsters.

Looks like this one was just a big game of telephone.

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