Trump may tap ex-Microsoft CFO Christopher Liddell as top economic adviser

National Trade Council adviser Peter Navarro waits for President Donald Trump for an event in the Oval Office at the White House. Navarro signed on with the Trump campaign as a trade adviser only to see his cont

Liddell, a former CFO for Microsoft and later GM, joined the administration early past year and has worked closely with Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser. The White House said this week that Cohn would leave his gig soon.

Larry Kudlow, a CNBC television commentator who has informally advised President Trump on economic issues, is now the top contender to head the National Economic Council, according to three people close to the president.

Mr Trump is searching for a new director for the White House National Economic Council after Gary Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs president, said he would resign.

Since joining the administration in early-2017, Mr Liddell has worked closely with Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, on efforts to streamline and update some government functions.

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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".

However, a firm decision has not been made Christopher P. Liddell, worked as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Microsoft and later for General Motors.

Cohn announced he was leaving the White House last week amid his objections to Mr. Trump's plans to place tariffs on steel and aluminum. But Knight was uninterested, officials were quoted as saying. That includes the way the government buys technology or the services it offers citizens online.

Loyalty to Donald Trump could pay off for New Zealand businessman Chris Liddell.

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