Mulvaney defends Trump's Fed comments

USA automakers, dealers and suppliers remained united in opposition to the president's tariffs for fear it would drive prices up. That is "taking away our big competitive edge."After criticizing the Fed in an interview, Trump again lambasted the central bank, saying "Tightening now hurts all that we have done". He was being asked - pestered really - about a series of Fed rate hikes", Low said".

In a taped interview with the business channel CNBC, Trump said "I'm willing to go to 500", referring roughly to the $505.5 billion in goods imported a year ago from China, the New York Times reported. "We are being taken advantage of and I don't like it", he said.

"Given what we know about Powell, we see little chance the President has gotten in his head", Feroli wrote in a note to clients. Mr Trump came under fire for his lukewarm support during a news conference with Mr Putin for the finding by USA intelligence agencies that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election.

The American president has become embroiled in a war of words that has threatened to erupt into a trade war between the two powers.

The U.S. dollar index .DXY cut its gains after Trump's comments that the strong dollar "puts us at a disadvantage", while yields on U.S. Treasury securities hit session lows. "They are all people with strong independent views on monetary policy and the economy and economic theory. they are legitimate, verified, bona fide economists and business leaders who are independent".

On July 10 the USA announced a second possible round targeting US$200 billion worth of goods.

Trump's criticism of the Fed could backfire if Powell and the Fed feel the need to prove their independence.


He criticised currency imbalances for costing the U.S. $150 billion with European Union nations. Last year, the United States imports from China reached $ 505.5 bn, while exports were at only $ 129.9 bn. "No president should interfere with the workings of the Fed", Fisher said.

There's a risk the dollar "de-couples from interest-rate differentials as investors come to terms with the White House's mercantilist US -dollar policy", Mr Patel said.

In an earlier tweet sent Friday morning, Trump complained about what he believes is currency manipulation from both China and the EU.

Representatives for the Fed could not immediately be reached for comment. The Fed has been raising rates since 2015 and has already hiked them five times since Trump took office in January 2017.

In February, Jerome Powell, Trump's hand-picked choice, became Fed chairman.

With trade tensions rising, so is the pushback in the USA from private business that see potentially devastating ramifications, not only from China, but from Europe, Canada, and other countries in Asia. The U.S. has thus far placed tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese products.


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