Dow Jones tanks 600+ points as Trump trades barbs with Beijing and the Federal Reserve
Added 08-23-19 04:37:02pm EST - “The Dow Jones saw a steep drop of 700 points after a threat from Beijing to slap new tariffs on billions of dollars in American goods, and a harsh response from US President Donald Trump, but picked up before ending 621 down.” - Rt.com
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The precipitous fall in the Dow on Friday came after China unveiled its response to Washington’s latest tariffs, vowing to impose penalties on $75 billion in American products. President Trump responded in a volley of tweets slamming Beijing for underhanded trade practices, and threatened to cut off all business ties with the country, sending markets further into panic.
“We don’t need China and, frankly, would be far better off without them,” the president tweeted, adding that American firms should start “looking for an alternative to China.”
The president also singled out Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell, asking whether the chairman or Chinese President Xi Jinping was a “bigger enemy” to the United States.
President Trump and White House trade advisor Peter Navarro have blamed the Federal Reserve for sluggish growth, arguing that the institution has raised interest rates “too far too fast.” The president repeated that criticism on Friday.
During times of recession, the Federal Reserve lowers interest rates to encourage borrowing and stimulate economic activity, however holding rates too low risks the creation of a “bubble” of unsustainable growth.
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