The US doesn't need extra stimulus in the economy for a V-shaped recovery, Trump adviser Kudlow says

Larry Kudlow participates in coronavirus economic “relief update” virtual event at the White House in Washington

  • The US economy doesn’t need extra stimulus to stage a rapid comeback, Trump’s economic adviser Larry Kudlow said.
  • He told CNBC’s “Exchange” on Tuesday: “I don’t think the V-shaped recovery depends on the package, but I do think a targeted package could be a great help.”
  • Republicans and Democrats have been in a stalemate since July over the size of a next set of stimulus measures. 
  • Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said in testimony Tuesday that much of the US economic recovery expectations are based on hopes a government stimulus plan will be agreed. 
  • The death of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has complicated stimulus talks between the two parties. 
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The US economy doesn’t require any further stimulus measures to stage a V-shaped recovery from the coronavirus induced slowdown, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told CNBC’s “Exchange”Tuesday. 

The director of the National Economic Council, said: “I don’t think the V-shaped recovery depends on the package, but I do think a targeted package could be a great help.”

He explained the White House has been lobbying for extending the Paycheck Protection Program which originated from the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) act earlier this year and helps give small businesses loans to continue paying for their workers. 

Republicans and Democrats have been gridlocked in a stalemate since July over the fourth round of stimulus talks. 

Democrats and the White House are still about $1 trillion apart in their spending proposals, and there are few signs the matter will be resolved anytime soon.

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 “I just think we were at a stalemate and I wish we could break the stalemate because even though I think the economy is improving nicely, it could use help in some key targeted places,” Kudlow said. 

Kudlow’s comments that the US economy can thrive without further stimulus puts him at odds with comments made by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin who both gave testimonies on Tuesday morning. 

Powell said he believed “it is likely more fiscal support will be needed,” adding spending is likely necessary to lift areas of the economy where monetary policy is considered to be less effective, such as businesses unwilling to take out new loans.

Powell said the CARES Act played a large part in stabilizing the economy with direct payments and unemployment benefits. 

Powell said: “I would say many, most, [forecasters] assume some fiscal action. Fiscal action underlies many, many current forecasts.” 

The US has recovered about half of its job losses since the depths of the coronavirus crisis, but more than 13 million Americans are still out of work, and the spread of the virus shows little sign of abating, having killed 200,000 people.

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Expectations of no more immediate stimulus coming from the Fed for now has pushed the S&P 500 towards its first monthly decline since March.

The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has raised tensions around the debate between the two sides of the House over any further packages. President Donald Trump has made clear his desire to fill Ginsburg’s vacancy before the November 3 election, meaning agreement on a bigger set of measures is now less likely, as Democrats are opposed to the administration pushing for such a speedy replacement.