Kevin Rudd gets an A-plus on economy from US Treasury
By Matthew Franklin in Washington, USA
March 24, 2009 12:48pm
US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has endorsed Kevin Rudd as being "A-plus" on issues relating to the global recession in Washington this morning.
"If we did what he advised we'd all be in a better place,” said Mr Geithner, who is driving the US response to the recession.
The unexpected endorsement came at a business forum in Washington organised by influential newspaper, The Wall Street Journal.
The Australian reports Mr Geithner appeared in a question-and-answer session and, as the audience was advised to sit tight for Mr Rudd's looming appearance, he said: “Just let me add my voice on this. The Prime Minister is A-plus on these issues.”
Earlier, Mr Geithner told the audience of business people that they should not underestimate the “anger and frustration” among average Americans over how excessive risk-taking in the US finance sector had triggered the recession, which was now affecting the entire world.