Trump Regime

Larry Kudlow Has Decided to Become a Ridiculous Person

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump's top economic adviser and former television pundit Larry Kudlow has always been a little ridiculous, but if you traveled back in time just a few months you would find Kudlow espousing the merits of free trade and open markets.

Fast forward to today and you'll find Kudlow threatening to abandon the World Trade Organization (WTO) and ignore any rulings the organization hands down.

“International, multilateral organizations are not going to determine American policy,” White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow told reporters at a press briefing organized to preview President Trump’s trip to Canada for the G-7. [...]

“We are bound by the national interest here, more than anything else,” Kudlow said, painting an uncompromising stance ahead of Trump’s bilateral talks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron.

If you're a regular reader, you're probably already aware that the United States wins the overwhelming majority (91 percent) of complaints we file against other nations at the WTO. Most complaints filed at the WTO are settled before they actually reach a panel of judges, but Trump apparently has no interest in settling with anyone.

In the event that Trump decides to ignore and abandon the WTO, other nations will be free to impose as many tariffs on American goods as they please with no legal recourse to stop it.

Speaking to reporters yesterday, Kudlow also said Trump is not responsible for tearing down the same system he supposedly wants to build.

Kudlow said other countries have taken advantage of low trade barriers in the U.S. for decades and that Trump is attempting to reset global trade to the system that emerged after World War II.

"Don’t blame Trump," Kudlow said. "Blame the nations that have broken away from those conditions."

Trump is doing that. Trump is breaking away from those conditions.

Kudlow is in a position to directly tell Trump that he's wrong -- that he has everything backwards -- but Kudlow has decided to become a ridiculous person.

Gary Cohn must have seen all of this coming when he jumped ship.

  • Kudlow did not BECOME an idiot; he has always been an idiot: http://thegreatrecession.info/blog/larry-kudlow-is-an-idiot/

  • Badgerite

    “….trump is attempting to reset trade to the system that emerged after WWII.” The system that emerged after World War II? The system that emerged after World War II was that the United States was the last industrialized country left standing. Europe, Russia, Japan and the rest of Asia had been devastated by wars and revolutions. The Marshall Plan was to help fund Europe as they sought to rebuild from the devastation. Russia was hampered by Stalin and China by Mao. America was the manufacturer to the world at that point. One has to hope that that time will, a time of worldwide devastation, will never come again. What are these idiots even talking about? Canada as a ‘national security threat’?
    Idiots.

    • Tony Lavely

      Enter John Bolton, who wants to lay waste to Europe and Asia. Then Kudlow’s prophecy makes sense.

  • muselet

    I can’t decide if this—

    Kudlow said other countries have taken advantage of low trade barriers in the U.S. for decades and that Trump is attempting to reset global trade to the system that emerged after World War II.

    —is ahistorical stupidity or a deliberate falsehood and yes, I realize that’s a distinction without a difference. It wouldn’t matter, except I’m trying to choose which term of abuse to apply to Larry Kudlow and Donald Trump.

    –alopecia

    • Aynwrong

      “…which term of abuse to apply to Larry Kudlow and Donald Trump.”

      Whore & pimp. Respectively.

  • Nefercat

    “Trump is attempting to reset global trade to the system that emerged after World War II”
    ——————————
    Oh, that’s precious. As though Mangobrain has the slightest idea about trade, global or otherwise, any system whatsoever, or post-WWII history or the history of anything else. What trump is attempting is to throw his weight around like any thuggish bully.

    Putin certainly got his money’s worth with traitor trump.

  • gescove

    I agree with Charlie Pierce – Republicans have lost their minds. According to Charlie, the party ate infected monkey brains first served up by Saint Reagan. The resulting prion disease has taken its course and laid waste to their collective cognitive capacity.