President Trump has chosen economist and media analyst Larry Kudlow to direct the National Economic Council, Politico reported Wednesday. Kudlow will replace Gary Cohn, the Goldman Sachs executive who resigned from the post amid disagreements over Trump's steel and aluminum import tariffs.
Trump called Kudlow on Tuesday night to offer the job, and Kudlow accepted, CNN reports. Kudlow was long considered a frontrunner to step in as the chief economic adviser, after his role informally helping to shape Trump's messaging on taxes and other economic issues during the 2016 presidential election, reports CNBC.
Kudlow is a CNBC senior contributor and on-air personality, and worked for former President Ronald Reagan in the Office of Management and Budget, helping to craft economic policy. His former CNBC cohost, Jim Cramer, reported that Kudlow was a strong contender for the job earlier this week.
CNBC reports that Trump spoke of welcoming Kudlow's perspective Tuesday. "We don't agree on everything, but in this case I think that's good," Trump said. "I want to have different opinions. We agree on most." Summer Meza
Should the California Legislature need help resisting "any attempts to roll back" the progress the state has made, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will be there to serve as as an adviser and to offer outside counsel.
Legislative leaders announced Holder's new role on Wednesday. The progress the state wants to protect specifically revolves around health care, immigration issues, civil rights, and climate change, and "with the upcoming change in administrations, we expect that there will be extraordinary challenges for California in the uncertain times ahead," California Senate leader Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said in a statement.
Democrats control the California governor's office and both houses in the state's Legislature, and when necessary, Holder, now a partner at the law firm Covington & Burling, will work with the state attorney general. His firm will also look at any changes to federal law and how they will affect California. Holder has been critical of President-elect Donald Trump, and in October called him "dangerous" for saying he would "order the DOJ/FBI to act on his command." Catherine Garcia
David N. Bossie, a conservative operative and, until this week, president of Citizens United, has been named Donald Trump's deputy campaign manager.
Trump announced the hire to The Washington Post, calling Bossie a "friend of mine for many years. Solid. Smart. Loves politics, knows how to win." Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said Bossie will be assisting her with day-to-day operations and strategic planning, and he will also work on putting together attacks against Hillary Clinton. For the duration of the campaign, Bossie is taking a leave of absence from Citizens United, the conservative advocacy group best known for the Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a ruling that ended many restrictions on political spending for corporations and unions. He has also left an anti-Clinton super PAC he's been running since June.
In the 1990s, Bossie was a Republican congressional staffer who spent his time focusing on the Clintons' finances and dealings, later stepping down amid criticism of his practices, the Post reports. He started giving Trump campaign advice before he entered the race, and introduced him to his first campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and current campaign chief executive, Stephen Bannon. Catherine Garcia
Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump turned his news conference in Washington, D.C., on Monday into a job fair.
An unidentified woman who said she was a survivor of the 9/11 terrorist attacks asked the billionaire business mogul for a job, and The Hill reports he responded by bringing her up to his lectern.
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"If we can make a good deal in the salary, she's going to probably have a job," Trump said.