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Trump's Fed bashing could backfire by stiffening rate-hike resolve

20 July 2018

In a CNBC interview that aired earlier on Friday, Trump said he's "ready to go" with tariffs on $500 billion of Chinese goods, roughly the value of all USA imports from the Asian nation past year.

China accused American officials of making false accusations Thursday as it fired back against a claim President Xi Jinping is blocking talks with the U.S. Earlier, White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow said Xi has no intention of making a deal over trade with the Trump administration.

Trump said that raising American interest rates makes investment in China comparatively attractive, because China manipulates its currency by artificially devaluing it. "As usual, not a level playing field", Mr Trump said.

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-China trade war and a host of other conflicts that Trump has ignited between the United States and key trading partners, including Canada and the European Union.

"Because we go up and every time you go up they want to raise rates again", Trump told CNBC in an interview that aired in full Friday.

"When the President took office there were several vacancies on the Federal Reserve Board; now there is only one", Feroli said.

Trump nominated Powell as Fed chairman a year ago to replace Janet Yellen.

"Donald Trump will be the president until at least January, 2021".

Doing so slows growth, as it raises the cost of borrowing, but can also prevent the economy from overheating and tipping into recession.

Trump ups tariff threat, slams Fed, big US trading partners
Speaking about Fed policy in his interview with CNBC , Trump said he is "letting them do what they feel is best". In emerging markets such as Turkey, the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has felt no such restraint.

While the White House attempted to assuage concerns by reiterating the president's support for the Fed's independence, the comments still raised the spectre of a huge policy mistake from the 1970s.

Presidents have long declined to comment on the Fed's actions, out of respect for the independence of the institution, and to avoid any hint of political influence over the nation's monetary supply.

But Trump - in a tit-for-tat tariff war with the EU, China, Mexico and Canada - said he was anxious that the timing put the USA at a "disadvantage" while the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan maintain loose monetary policy, the network reported.

In response to the president's tweet, St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard said on Friday that regardless of who comments, the Fed is committed to its two main objectives: keeping inflation low and stable and obtaining maximum employment.

The Chinese currency fell 0.5 per cent against the U.S. dollar in offshore markets to 6.8130 per dollar after Trump's comments.

Nixon pressured the new Fed chairman to keep interest rates low to help maintain lower unemployment.

"I'm not doing this for politics, I'm doing this to do the right thing for our country", Trump said.

Can Trump Win a China Trade War? The central bank has always been seen as needing to operate free of political pressure from the White House or elsewhere to properly manage interest rate policy.

"I don't like all of this work that we're putting into the economy and then I see rates going up", he added.

Trump's Fed bashing could backfire by stiffening rate-hike resolve