If you missed yesterday’s episode of Survivor --- oops, I mean the revolving door in the Trump administration --- Lawrence Kudlow is the newest contestant on the island... erm... in the White House.
Kudlow becomes Trump’s top economic advisor as the director of the National Economic Council. He replaces Gary Cohn who decided to step down specifically because he did not agree with Trump’s new tariff policy. So, knowing that, Kudlow must be locked, cocked and ready to rock on laying down some serious tariffs, right?
Wait... Trump’s newest advisor thinks that Tariffs are a “bad omen” and that the President is bad on trade? Why do I get the feeling this newest contestant --- I mean advisor --- will be the shortest stay thus far on the island? CRAP... I mean White House.
Well, hang on now. Let’s pump the brakes a little. According to Kudlow, he was playing tennis the day Trump called him and offered him the job. He said he thought the President was calling him to bail him out over his harsh criticism of the new tariff policy.
In actuality, Kudlow said Trump instead spent the entire call explaining his tariff strategy, and by the end of the call Kudlow was on board. Just 48 hours later Trump offered him the new job. Kudlow said, “I immediately accepted.”
Somehow, Kudlow felt comfortable joining the administration.
So either Trump is a magician and cast an agreeability spell on Kudlow over the phone, or there’s something we don’t know here. The President’s new economic advisor is clearly not a fan of tariffs or the way Trump views trade in general, but somehow, Kudlow felt comfortable joining the administration.
We know, ever since the tariff policy was announced, the rhetoric has shifted from the idea of “blanket tariffs” to “who’s going to be excluded?” Mexico and Canada have already been excluded. Canada is our number one supplier of steel. Mexico is number four.
That’s 25 percent of our steel imports, which overshadows both Brazil and South Korea combined. (They’re our numbers two and three importers of steel.) We’ve also been told that various members of the EU may be excluded. The only nation in the top ten that we import steel from in the EU is Germany. Does that mean that THEY’LL be excluded as well? If so, who the heck is left to put a tariff on?
It makes you wonder, did that call between Trump and his new economic advisor actually go a little something like this? “Hey Lawrence... It’s Donald. Don’t worry about the whole tariff thing. It’s actually just a big bargaining chip and smoke screen. It’s all good.”
Let’s HOPE that’s the case. But on that note, we’ll see you next time on... “Survivor: White House Edition.”