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Kudlow Defends Trump, Says He Is Mercilessly Attacked by Critics

WASHINGTON—After the first day of public impeachment hearings on Nov. 13, White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow came to President Donald Trumps defense. He said the president has had to “fight hard to do his task” amid political “toxicity” in Washington.

“He has been attacked mercilessly and Ive seen it up close daily. And he attacks back. I dont know if thats the way he would prefer frankly,” Kudlow said on Nov. 13 at an annual gala hosted by the Independent Womens Forum (IWF), a conservative nonprofit advocacy group that focuses on policies affecting women.

He said Trumps task is to “transform and rebuild” the American economy and national security, as well as values, freedom, free enterprise, and human rights.

“I can simply say I support the mission and I support him,” he said. “I like tough. Tough is good.”

Kudlows speech resembled a new advertisement for Trumps reelection campaign that hailed him as “no Mr. Nice Guy.”

“Hes no Mr. Nice Guy, but sometimes it takes a Donald Trump to change Washington,” the narrator said in the 30-second ad, which was first broadcast during the final game of the World Series on Oct. 31.

White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow and Independent Womens Forum (IWF) board member Abby Moffat at the IWF 2019 Annual Awards Gala in Washington, on Nov. 13, 2019. (Tony Powell/ IWF)

Kudlow continued his speech touting Trumps economic policies, including tax reform, open energy, trade, deregulation, and workforce development.

“If the stock market keeps rising, Ill probably be able to afford the job,” he joked.

He also denounced “socialism, statism, central government, and government planning,” which have become popular among Democratic presidential candidates.

Heading into the 2020 election, exposing socialism is a key focus of Trumps reelection campaign.

“As you mightve guessed—I dont think Im breaking any news to our friends in the media—Im not in favor of socialism,” Kudlow said, drawing laughter from the crowd. He added that history proved it wrong.

“In the coming battle against socialism,” he suggested Republicans put their “best foot forward and make the best case we can make.”

Kudlows comments came amid an impeachment inquiry against Trump launched by House Democrats. The House on Oct. 31 passed a resolution laying out the next steps in the process, and this week, the House Intelligence Committee began its first public hearings.

“We live in a period of turmoil and politically a certain amount of toxicity,” Kudlow said. “I am not really quite sure how [Trump] manages to sustain the energy and activiRead More – Source