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President Donald Trump weighed into a simmering debate over the Federal Reserve interest rate policy, saying Friday that the central bank needs to end its “crazy” tightening moves.
In a series of tweets, the president addressed an unusual controversy stemming from a speech Thursday that New York Fed President John Williams delivered.
Market participants initially took Williams’ remarks as indicative that the central bank was prepared to cut rates aggressively, by perhaps a half a percentage point. But a Fed spokesman soon walked back the comments, causing confusion over where policy is headed.
Trump said he liked Williams’ “first statement much better than his second.” He called on the Fed to “stop with the crazy quantitative tightening” and not to “blow it” by halting “unparalleled” growth.
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