Reuters Exclusive Interview: U.S. President Trump on the Fed, Mueller investigation, social media
In an exclusive interview with Reuters on Aug. 20, U.S. President Donald Trump said he was “not thrilled” with the Federal Reserve under his own appointee, Chairman Jerome Powell, for raising interest rates and said the U.S. central bank should do more to help him to boost the economy. Trump also accused China and Europe of manipulating their respective currencies. U.S. stock prices dipped after Trump’s comments to Reuters and the U.S. dollar edged down against a basket of currencies.
In the wide-ranging interview, Trump also said he was worried that any statements under oath he provides to Special Counsel Robert Mueller could be used to bring perjury charges against him as part of the probe into Russia’s electoral interference. He also told Reuters that it is “very dangerous” for social media companies like Twitter and Facebook to silence voices on their services – comments which come as the social media industry faces mounting scrutiny from Congress to police foreign propaganda.