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President Trump has a fever

Larry Kudlow speaks to reporters outside the West Wing of the White House on September 2. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

It’s unclear whether he misspoke, but White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, who this morning described Trump’s coronavirus as “mild,” this afternoon described Trump as having a “very moderate case,” but said he was doing “just fine.”

“The reports are, the chief says they’re doing well. It is a very moderate case. The President was kind of barking out orders for all of us, giving us tasks this morning to follow through. He’s on the phone so I have not seen him. I last spoke to him last evening, I had not talked to him today, but apparently he’s doing just fine,” Kudlow said during an appearance on Fox News. 

He declined to say what time Trump was “barking out orders,” saying that he is an “early riser, as a general rule.”

Kudlow reiterated there was continuity of government: “We’re going about our business. The government is functioning, there’s no question about that. And we just hope for a speedy recovery in the residence,” he said. 

Kudlow graded Friday’s jobs report as an “A-minus” and reiterated much of what he said about the stimulus bill earlier this morning. 

“We’re in the neighborhood of $1.5 trillion, it’s not precise, but we’re in that neighborhood, and we’re still way, way below where the other side is. Look, you know, we don’t need a gigantic humongous bill. I mean with all respect I know there’s political differences and ideological differences, but we can really do that another time,” he said, calling for deals in “targeted key areas.”

Money for states, he said, is still an area of “considerable disagreement,” adding that that should be done “later.”

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