Trump taps commentator Larry Kudlow to replace Gary Cohn as economic adviser

WASHINGTON, March 14 (Reuters) - U.S. television commentator and economic analyst Larry Kudlow said on Wednesday he had accepted an offer from President Donald Trump to become the White House's top economic adviser, replacing Gary Cohn.

"The president offered me the position last evening and I accepted," Kudlow told Reuters, adding he thought the official announcement would come on Thursday. 

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters that Trump spoke to Kudlow, 70, on Tuesday, but she would not confirm whether he had offered him the job. "No personnel announcements," she said.

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Economic analyst Lawrence "Larry" Kudlow appears on CNBC at the New York Stock Exchange, (NYSE) in New York, U.S., March 7, 2018.

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Larry Kudlow, a CNBC commentator, speaks about the economy during a panel discussion at the Heritage Foundation on December 18, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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US conservative commentator and economic analyst Larry Kudlow speaks on the set of CNBC at the closing bell of the Dow Industrial Average at the New York Stock Exchange on March 8, 2018 in New York.

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Larry Kudlow, CNBC Senior Contributor, left, and Audie Cornish, Host, NPRs All Things Considered right, appear on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday Oct. 30, 2016.

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Larry Kudlow, director of the U.S. National Economic Council, center, stands as U.S. President Donald Trump, not pictured, speaks to members of the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, June 8, 2018. Trump will leave early from the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Quebec, where he'll face backlash over his trade policies, and head straight to Singapore to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images John Bolton
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The appointment of Kudlow as director of the National Economic Council would not be a major surprise.

Trump told reporters on Tuesday that Kudlow, a Republican who served as an economic adviser to former President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s and also worked on Wall Street, had "a very good chance" at being selected to replace Cohn.

Kudlow, an informal advisor to Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, had criticized the president's decision last week to place steep tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum, saying they would harm steel-consuming producers. Cohn also opposed the tariffs.

But Trump said on Wednesday that Kudlow had "come around" to view tariffs as a useful tool for renegotiating trade deals. (Reporting by Makini Brice Additional reporting by Jeff Mason Editing by Paul Simao)

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Hope Hicks: Former White House Director of Strategic Communications
Melania Trump: Wife to President Trump and first lady of the United States
Gary Cohn: Former Director of the U.S. National Economic Council
Michael Flynn: Former National Security Advisor, no longer with the Trump administration
Ivanka Trump: First daughter and presidential adviser
Gen. John Kelly: Former Secretary of Homeland Security, current White House chief of staff
Steve Bannon: Former White House chief strategist, no longer with the Trump administration
Jared Kushner: Son-in-law and senior adviser
Kellyanne Conway: Former Trump campaign manager, current counselor to the president
Reince Priebus: Former White House chief of staff, no longer with the Trump administration
Anthony Scaramucci: Former White House communications director, no longer with the Trump administration
Sarah Huckabee Sanders: White House press secretary
Donald Trump Jr.: First son to President Trump
Sean Spicer: Former White House press secretary, soon to be no longer with the Trump administration
Jeff Sessions: U.S. attorney general
Steve Mnuchin: Secretary of Treasury
Paul Manafort: Former Trump campaign chairman
Carter Page: Former foreign policy adviser to Trump's presidential campaign
Omarosa Manigault: Former Director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison
Jason Miller: Former White House communications director, no longer with the Trump administration
Mike Dubke: Former White House communications director, no longer with the Trump administration
Stephen Miller: Trump senior policy adviser
Corey Lewandowski: Former Trump campaign manager
Eric Trump: Son to President Trump
Rex Tillerson: Former Secretary of State
Sebastian Gorka: Former deputy assistant to the president in the Trump administration, no longer in his White House role
Roger Stone: Former Trump campaign adviser, current host of Stone Cold Truth
Betsy DeVos: U.S. Education Secretary
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