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Kudlow on jobs report: "There is no recession in sight"

Larry Kudlow speaking in the White House briefing room
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White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told Bloomberg on Friday that December's strong jobs report was more evidence that there is no "recession in sight," despite a "gloomy" period for the stock market.

The big picture: The strong job gains suggest a healthy labor market, but that's a lagging indicator. More forward-looking data points, like Thursday's manufacturing data, have raised red flags about the health of the economy. Kudlow also played down the impact of the U.S.-China trade war on U.S. companies, saying, "It's a little easy and inaccurate to say all of these American companies are going to crash."

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