US President Donald Trump on Friday lashed out at Jerome Powell, chairman of the Federal Reserve, also known as the Fed. Powell, a Trump apointee, had told a meeting of central bankers earlier in the day that the president’s trade wars have complicated the Fed’s ability to set interest rates and contributed to a global economic slowdown.
“Who is our bigger enemy, Jay Powell or Chairmain Xi?” Trump wrote on Twitter, also referencing Chinese Premier Xi Jinping, whose government announced retaliatory tariffs on US goods on Friday.
Speaking at the conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Powell indicated but did not confirm that the Fed would further cut interest rates in the coming months.
He said that he believes the US economy will likely remain stable, but that Trump’s trade policies had left it vulnerable. He added that the Fed would “act as appropriate” to sustain interest rate cuts announced last month, a remark financial experts have taken to mean that another cut will be forthcoming.