Last week, Trump speechwriter Darren Beattie was fired from his post at the White House after revelations surfaced that he had participated in a panel at the H.L. Mencken Club, an alt-right summit of sorts which previously hosted fellow-white nationalist Richard Spencer, with Peter Brimelow, a white nationalist and publisher of anti-immigrant website Vdare.com, in 2016.
It now seems that another Trump administration official has been spotted with the controversial figure, this time National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow. The Washington Post reports that Brimelow was among the attendees at Kudlow’s birthday party at Kudlow’s home in Connecticut on Saturday, August 18th.
Kudlow is a former CNBC host and former Reagan administration official. He was named director of the National Economic Council by President Donald Trump in March.
Brimelow founded the anti-immigrant website Vdare.com in 1999 and is seen as a leading figure in the white identity politics movement. Vdare is named after Virginia Dare, the first English-born child in what is now the United States, a symbol that has been adopted by white nationalists and anti-immigrant activists.
Other guests at the party include more dubious names including Trump allies Roger Stone and Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy, and pundits CNBC’s Michelle Caruso-Cabrera and Fox News anchor Brian Kilmeade.
Kudlow claims to have no knowledge of Brimelow’s history with white supremacy although he also stated he has known Brimelow “forever” and that he has been “coming to my dinner parties for years”. Kudlow also says, “If I had known this, we would never have invited him. I’m disappointed and saddened to hear about it.”