Larry Kudlow says he pushes his economic ideas to President Donald Trump in a soft-spoken, non-confrontational way to get results.
"I have opinions, which I will share with the president. But I don't keep people out of meetings. It's not my style. So, I guess you might say I'm lower-keyed. I'm quite respectful of disagreements," Kudlow, director of Trump's National Economic Council, told Politico.
Kudlow told the political news website that staying close to Trump is central to how he does the job and that he spends most of his time on trade.
"I'm opposed to blanket tariffs. And in general, I regard tariffs as a very blunt and difficult instrument," Kudlow said.
"On the other hand, I've never been opposed to targeted tariffs, and on China in particular, you can go back and look at Kudlow tapes and TV and God knows what, and I have been a hawk on China for years."
As to whether the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will survive, Kudlow isn't sure.
"I don't know if we are going to get a deal. You are talking to the guy who is the optimist and the happy warrior, and as we meet now, I don't know. I don't even want to go with the usual Kudlow optimist. I can't go there," he told Politico.
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