BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump's top economic adviser is playing down fears of a looming recession
after last week's sharp drop
in the financial markets and predicting the economy will perform well in the second half of 2019.Larry Kudlow said in Sunday television interviews that consumers are seeing higher wages and are able to spend and save more."No, I don't see a recession," Kudlow said. "We're doing pretty darn well in my judgment. Let's not be afraid of optimism."A strong economy is key to Trump's reelection
prospects. Consumer confidence has dropped 6.4% since July. The president has spent most of the week at his golf club in New Jersey with much of his tweeting focused on talking up the economy.Kudlow acknowledged a slowing energy sector, but said low interest rates will help housing, construction and auto sales.