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Donald Trump leaning towards Powell as next Fed chair

Trump has said he has been considering Powell, as well as Stanford University economist John Taylor, for the post

Reuters 

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US President Donald Trump. (Photo: Reuters)

President is leaning towards nominating Federal to be the next head of the US central bank, two sources familiar with the matter said on Friday. The sources cautioned that while Powell had emerged as the leading candidate from a short list of five, Trump had not made a final decision and could always change his mind. “I will be announcing it sometime next week,” Trump said in a video statement on Instagram. “It will be a person who hopefully will do a fantastic job.

I have someone very specific in mind and I think everyone will be very impressed.” Trump has said he has been considering Powell, as well as Stanford University economist John Taylor, for the post. He also has said he has not ruled out renominating current Fed Chair Janet Yellen, whose term expires in February. He is expected to announce his pick, which would need to win Senate approval, before he departs on a trip to Asia on November 3. The term of current Fed chair Janet Yellen ends in February 2018, though her term as a Board governor does not expire until 2024. Trump had been working from a short list of five candidates that included his top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, and former Fed Governor Kevin Warsh. A senior administration official said on Wednesday that Trump was unlikely to nominate Cohn given the importance of his role in helping to lead efforts to enact tax reform legislation currently being debated in Congress.

First Published: Sat, October 28 2017. 21:05 IST
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