2019-06-19 — bloomberg.com
"My colleagues and I have one overarching goal, to sustain the economic expansion," Powell told a press conference following the decision. He noted that apparent progress on trade talks had "turned to greater uncertainty" and many Fed officials "now see that the case for somewhat more accommodative policy has strengthened."
The shift followed attacks on the Fed by President Donald Trump for not doing more to bolster the economy and Tuesday's report by Bloomberg News that the president asked White House lawyers earlier this year to explore options for demoting Powell from the chairmanship.
Asked about the criticism, Powell said he thinks "the law is clear that I have a four-year term and I fully intend to serve it."
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