In an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Friday, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow criticized President Trump’s reaction to last week’s US Capitol siege and his treatment of Vice President Mike Pence after the 2020 election.
big picture: Trump has lost support from several top aides and allies as a mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol building on 6 January, resulting in the death of five people. Kudlow is the latest to speak publicly against the president.
what is he saying: “I was hoping that he would come out quickly and call the statements back to everyone and stop the violence,” he said.
- The director of the White House National Economic Council praised the video released by Trump on the day of the riots, but said he would like Trump to make a statement soon.
- Kudlow said he considered resigning after the Capitol violence, but spoke with other senior White House officials and decided that “we need to do the nation’s work in the last 10 days.”
- Kudlow was also “very disappointed” with Pence’s public criticism of Pence. The president told his VP after Pence that they would certify Biden’s victory. “[V]Barring a few extremists, the entire legal profession agreed with Pence, ”Kudlow said.
- “Once the Electoral College declared Mr. Biden as President-elect, it would be better to advise us to accept it and talk about our positive achievements and the achievements of those policies that would have produced those policy achievements Huh.”
What to see: According to several reports, Trump planned to leave the White House on the morning of Inauguration Day. He will face his second impeachment trial in the Senate.