Amid con­tro­versy, Trump Fed choice with­draws

The News-Times - - NATION / WORLD -

Stephen Moore, a con­ser­va­tive com­men­ta­tor whom Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump had tapped for the Federal Re­serve board, with­drew from con­sid­er­a­tion Thurs­day af­ter los­ing Repub­li­can sup­port in the Senate, largely over his past in­flam­ma­tory writ­ings about women.

Trump tweeted the news of Moore’s with­drawal, only hours af­ter Moore had told two news or­ga­ni­za­tions that he was still seek­ing the board seat and still had the White House’s sup­port.

The pres­i­dent an­nounced oth­er­wise Thurs­day af­ter­noon on Twit­ter.

“Steve won the bat­tle of ideas in­clud­ing Tax Cuts and dereg­u­la­tion which have pro­duced non-in­fla­tion­ary pros­per­ity for all Amer­i­cans,” Trump said. “I’ve asked Steve to work with me to­ward fu­ture eco­nomic growth in our Coun­try.”

In a note to Trump that he re­leased later, Moore said the “un­re­lent­ing at­tacks on my char­ac­ter have be­come un­ten­able for me and my family and three more months of this would be too hard on us.”

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