War Of Words Ensue…Trump Says Fed’s "Biggest Threat"

Trump Says He ‘Maybe’ Regrets Picking Fed's Powell WSJ Reports

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Meanwhile, Powell and his colleagues have continued to raise interest rates, and rarely does a week goes by without several Fed policymakers giving public remarks about why rate hikes are necessary in the face of an economy with unemployment at a 49-year low and inflation near the Fed's 2-percent goal. "Obviously, presidents can speak out if they choose to and give their opinions about policy, there's no law against that, but I don't think it's wise and I do think the Fed has a strong reputation for acting in an independent and non-political way and I would not like to see that reputation damaged".

Hatch, the longest-serving Republican senator, stood by the Fed's independence.

"Changes in financial conditions are something that is relevant for the economic outlook", and need to be accounted for "if they are sustained", he said.

In an interview earlier this week with the Wall Street Journal, the president repeated that monetary policy is the biggest threat to the economy, and wondered aloud whether he made the right choice in appointing Jerome Powell as Fed chairman.

It is unclear whether the president would have the authority to remove Powell.

Trump says the Fed is raising rates too fast, blunting the economic stimulus from tax cuts and deregulation, and making life harder for his administration as the tariffs resulting from the US trade war with China and other countries begin to bite.

It isn't clear about whether the U.S. president can dismiss the Fed chairman.

This isn't the first time the president has publicly disagreed with the policy makers over at the central bank. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, declined to comment about whether he's pleased with Powell.

Trump is also not happy with some of the members of the Fed he has already appointed. The Federal Reserve has increased interest rates thrice in this year since the USA economy has agitated and it is likely anticipated to hike again before this year ends. If doubts were to emerge in markets about the central bank's credibility, then investors could push up borrowing costs, ultimately slowing the economy and hurting stocks, thus meaning Trump's lobbying had backfired. Trump has said the hikes will stifle the economy's growth. He's also slammed it as "out of control" and said it was "going loco". "Unfortunately they just raised interest rates a little bit because we are doing so well".

The Fed projects one more rate boost in December and three in 2019. While in conference with the media of United States, the President informed that the repetitive increase in the rate of interest is not acceptable.

The fed funds rate target is now 1.75 percent to 2 percent, and that is the rate closely tied to consumer debt, particularly credit cards, home equity lines and other adjustable-rate loans.

"We are not being accommodated", Trump says in an interview with Bloomberg News in the Oval Office.

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