- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 11, 2018

Responding to big losses on Wall Street, President Trump said Thursday that he understands the economy better than the Federal Reserve.

“I think I know about it better than they do,” Mr. Trump said, again criticizing Fed interest-rate hikes. “I think the Fed is far too stringent, and they’re making a mistake, and it’s not right.”

Asked about Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, Mr. Trump said, “I’m not going to fire him.”

“I think the Fed is out of control. I think what they’re doing is wrong,” Mr. Trump said.

He said the stock-market drop is “a correction that I think is caused by the Federal Reserve with interest rates.”

“We’re still up 40 percent,” he said of the rise in equity markets since his election.

• Dave Boyer can be reached at dboyer@washingtontimes.com.

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