Josh Earnest falsely stated on “Morning Joe” Thursday that National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow had never worked in government prior to joining the Trump administration.
“I certainly can’t speak to the inner workings of the Trump administration,” President Obama’s press secretary stated over reports of miscommunication between UN ambassador Nikki Haley and Kudlow. “You noted that Mr. Kudlow apologized to her. He apologized to her by saying, well, apparently Ambassador Haley was not given all the relevant information. So it’s not just that she was confused; she was totally out of the loop.”
“It is an indication to me that Larry Kudlow, who has not served in government, is already showing evidence of that,” Earnest continued. “He is having a hard time mounting a united front here. He’s used to being in charge of his own television show, not being part of a team.”
Contrary to Earnest’s claim, Kudlow served as an associate director of economics and planning in the Office of Management and Budget from 1981-1985, during President Ronald Reagan’s first term in the White House.
Kudlow has also worked on multiple campaigns, including Joseph Duffy’s U.S. Senate run, where he worked side-by-side with future President Bill Clinton.