Larry Kudlow, the top White House aide who suffered a mild heart attack on Monday, said he will return to work in the administration.
In a text message on Wednesday evening, Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, told POLITICO that he would “of course” be back on the job in the coming days.
Kudlow left Walter Reed Medical Center on Wednesday. The White House indicated they expected Kudlow back on the job soon. “Doctors say Larry’s recovery is going very well. The president and the administration are happy Larry is back home and look forward to seeing him back to work soon,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.
Kudlow, 70, has been working feverishly in recent weeks on trade talks with China and efforts to save the North American Free Trade Agreement. He traveled to Beijing for trade talks and to Canada for the G-7 meeting with President Donald Trump in recent weeks. Friends and colleagues say the pace and intensity of White House life have worn on Kudlow, who recently stopped doing his nightly CNBC show before agreeing to succeed Gary Cohn as NEC director.
Kudlow, an avowed free-trader, has taken a more collegial approach to the job than Cohn and worked hard to maintain cordial relations with more protectionist elements in the White House, including top trade adviser Peter Navarro.