Donald Trump considers ex-Microsoft executive as top economic adviser

Donald Trump considers ex-Microsoft executive as top economic adviser

In the same interview where he defended Cohn, Kudlow called Mr. Trump's tariffs "prosperity killers".

Now, as if we needed more evidence to drive home the point that the fastest way to get Donald Trump's attention is to appear on cable news, a new report says that the president has zeroed in on a CNBC fixture to replace Gary Cohn as his economic advisor.

Reuters says Chris Liddell is now under consideration for the position.

During his sendoff to Cohn, Trump mentioned the dispute over tariffs, saying Cohn "is not quite as strong on those tariffs as we want".

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Mr. Trump has not made a firm decision, those briefed on the process said.

He joined the Trump administration a year ago and has worked closely with Jared Kushner, the President's son-in-law and senior adviser.

Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, who has known Navarro for more than a decade, described him as "someone who certainly speaks his mind and is not afraid to present ideas and data that are contrarian". Shahira Knight, a deputy to Cohn who was crucial to the legislation revamping the tax code, had been the favored candidate of Cohn, some White House officials and several Republican congressional aides. That includes the way the government buys technology or the services it offers citizens online.

The New Zealand-born Liddell served as CFO at MIcrosoft from 2005 to 2009 before jumping to General Motors. After joining General Motors in 2010, he helped guide the automaker's recovery from bankruptcy, the report said.

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