Trump Taps Stephen Moore for Federal Reserve Board

President Donald Trump will name economist Stephen Moore, a visiting fellow at The Heritage Foundation and former Wall Street Journal economics writer, to the Federal Reserve Board to oversee the nation’s monetary policy.

“I will be nominating Mr. Moore for the Fed,” Trump told reporters Friday at the Palm Beach International Airport. “You know who I’m talking about. So he’s going to be great. He’s going to be great on the Fed.”

Moore, 59, later responded on Twitter:

During an interview Friday on Fox News Channel, Moore said, “I’m going to be the growth guy at the Fed.”

Fox’s Neil Cavuto asked him about past criticism of Federal Reserve policies.

“I was critical of the Fed’s last rate increase in December, and I think almost everyone agrees that was a big, big mistake. The dollar fell by several thousand points after that decision,” Moore said, adding:

I believe that the best Fed policy is keeping the price system stable. That’s why you have a currency. I always go back to first principles. Why do you have a currency? So that it retains value. It’s a medium of exchange, and the best way to achieve that is to keep prices stable. … I think the potential for the American economy is 3-4 percent growth for as far as the eye can see.

“I’m more worried about a deflation right now than an inflation,” Moore said.

In late 2018, Moore and economist Arthur Laffer released their book, “Trumponomics: Inside the America First Plan to Revive Our Economy.”

Moore, Laffer, and Larry Kudlow, who Trump appointed as director of the National Economic Council, advised the Trump presidential campaign on economic policy.  

Moore also helped draft the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a package of reforms that reduced individual and corporate tax rates while closing loopholes with the aim of spurring the economy.

Moore is a distinguished visiting fellow for the Project for Economic Growth at The Heritage Foundation. He had returned to the think tank as chief economist in 2014, after having served as the Grover M. Hermann fellow in budgetary affairs from 1984 to 1987.

“Congratulations to my colleague Steve Moore for his nomination to serve on the Federal Reserve Board,” Heritage President Kay Coles James said in a written statement. “President Trump should be applauded for tapping Steve to serve in this important role. Steve will steer America’s monetary policy to make a strong economy even stronger.”

James added:

Steve’s contributions to The Heritage Foundation in his two stints here are too many to count, and the economic policy he played such a large part in shaping during this administration has led to a historic economic boom that has benefitted every American. We encourage the Senate to move swiftly to confirm Steve, who will serve the American people well and faithfully.

Between his tenures at Heritage, Moore became known as a member of The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board, writing about the economy and public policy.

In 1999, Moore co-founded the Club for Growth, which promotes lower taxes, deregulation, and the election of conservative candidates for public office. He next founded the Free Enterprise Fund before joining The Wall Street Journal.

“Steve is one of America’s leading experts on the economy, and I’ve been proud to co-author several op-eds with him, including one on Federal Reserve policy,” Alfredo Ortiz, president of the Job Creators Network, a business group, said in a prepared statement, noting Moore has been a member of the organization’s board.

“We applaud President Trump for making an excellent nomination, one that will bring a much needed and valued perspective to the Federal Reserve Board,” Ortiz said.

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