Trump Says He’s ‘Not Happy About’ Feds Raising Interest Rates

Mr Trump also suggested that higher interest rates left the United States at a disadvantage when compared to the European Union, China and Japan, allowing their currencies to weaken as the U.S. dollar strengthens.

A weaker United States dollar leads to higher exports.

Trump reiterated threats to impose tariffs on almost all Chinese imports to the USA in a CNBC interview broadcasted on Friday. Tariffs on another $16 billion of electronics and components are scheduled and the Trump administration has threatened to target another $200 billion of Chinese products with tariffs, a move that would raise prices for Americans and hurt China's economy.

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"The U.S. should be allowed to recapture what was lost due to illegal currency manipulation and BAD Trade Deals", he wrote.

Its release follows the imposition on July 6 of tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese imports by the United States.

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Trump also turned to Twitter to predict that US soybean farmers will emerge victorious from the US-China trade dispute. After keeping rates at near zero for years, the Fed has hiked its benchmark interest rate seven times since 2015, and more are planned because the US economy is heating up.

Powell added that "no one in the administration has said anything to me that really gives me concern on this front". Low interest rates reduce the costs of borrowing money and fuel economic expansion, but risk spurring rampant inflation and financial market bubbles.

"I don't want them to be scared".

In excerpts of an interview with U.S. television network CNBC aired Thursday, Trump said a strong dollar "puts us at a disadvantage", adding that the Chinese yuan "has been dropping like a rock".

Hoping to keep a lid on inflation as the world's largest economy gathers pace, the Fed has raised its benchmark lending rate seven times since 2015 and expects two more rate hikes this year. He told CNBC's Joe Kernen, "Because we go up and every time you go up they want to raise rates again".

"In China their currency is dropping like a rock and our currency is going up, and I have to tell you it puts us at a disadvantage".

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President Donald Trump is showing that no economic-policy tradition is sacred in his pursuit of faster growth and lower trade deficits.

Presidents have historically avoided criticizing the Fed, which is created to be independent from political interference.

"I'm not thrilled", he said in an interview, according to CNBC.

Overnight, the USA president launched a "rare attack on America's central bankers", The Guardian says, revealing that he "wasn't happy with their plans to raise USA interest rates".

After Trump's interview with CNBC was made public, Lindsay Walters, a White House spokeswoman, said the president "respects the independence of the Fed".

Powell has said he believes the economy is strong enough for the Fed to continue normalizing rates, which were held at a historically low level during the recovery.

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