Trump blames stock market drop on Federal Reserve

For a third straight day, President Donald Trump leveled stern public criticism at the Federal Reserve, directly blaming a recent drop in the stock markets on increases in interest rates, as the President bluntly said the Fed is endangering economic growth under the Trump Administration.

“I think the Fed is out of control,” the President told reporters in the Oval Office. “I think what they’re doing is wrong.”

It was the third consecutive day that Mr. Trump had criticized the Federal Reserve for raising interest rates; last night in Erie, Pennsylvania, the President said the Fed ‘has gone crazy.’

“I think the Fed is far too stringent, and they’re making a mistake,” Mr. Trump added.

“It’s not necessary in my opinion, and I think I know about it better than they do,” the President said of the decision to increase interest rates.

Recommended for you

Recommended for you

Recommended for you

Most read

  1. 1 Gun deaths at highest level in 40 years, CDC says
  2. 2 Bankrupt Sears to pay $25.3 million in bonuses to executives
  3. 3 Megachurch pastor John Gray defends $200K Lamborghini purchase for wif

Asked if he would fire Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell – his own nominee – President Trump told reporters he was not considering such a move.

The impact of the boost in interest rates might best be seen in the home sale market, as mortgage rates jumped to their highest level in seven years on Thursday, with a 30-year mortgage now at an average of 4.9 percent, up from 4.71 percent last week.

The last time average mortgage rates were near the 5 percent level was in April 2011. One year ago it was just under 4 percent.

More from AJC