Fed Chair Jerome Powell Says He Would Not Resign if Trump Asked


Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says he would not resign if pressured to do so by President Donald Trump.

“No,” Powell answered simply, when asked Friday morning during a panel at the annual American Economics Association conference alongside former Fed chairs Janet Yellen and Ben Bernanke.

Trump has repeatedly criticized Powell for continuing to tighten monetary policy, saying on Twitter that it’s the “only problem” with the economy.

It’s unclear whether presidents legally can fire Fed chairs, whom they appoint for four-year terms. Trump chose Powell in 2017 to succeed Yellen, bucking the practice of reappointing Fed chairs to second terms.