Trump tweets that his top economic adviser Larry Kudlow suffered heart attack

Carolyn Kaster  AP

Larry Kudlow, President Donald Trump's top economic adviser, has suffered a heart attack and is being treated at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington D.C.

He tweeted the news shortly before his widely-anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in Singapore.

Kudlow, 70, had traveled with Trump to Canada for a contentious meeting of the Group of Seven industrial nations on Friday and Saturday, and he had defended the president vigorously on television on Sunday.

Trump chose Kudlow, a CNBC business news personality and former Reagan Administration official, in March to succeed Gary Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs executive who left the administration over Trump's decision to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

Trump then headed to his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whom Kudlow referred to as "the insane nuclear tyrant in North Korea". "He is now in Walter Reed Medical Center".

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Trump did not elaborate on Kudlow's condition. On Sunday, Kudlow said on CNN's "State of the Union" that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "really kind of stabbed us in the back" after criticizing USA tariffs on imported steel and aluminum and Trump's positions on trade in a news conference following the summit. Kudlow said he is "in accord" with Trump's agenda and his team at the White House would help implement the policies set by the president.

Trudeau, in a news conference on Saturday, had reiterated his strong objections to steep USA tariffs on Canadian exports of steel and aluminum.

"I don't think I have to prepare very much", Mr Trump said about the summit.

A longtime TV personality, Kudlow, 70, succeeded former Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn who quit Trump's team in March in protest at the decision to slap steep United States tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

He has acknowledged ups and downs in his life, having been addicted to drugs and alcohol before getting sober more than 20 years ago.

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