Trump Fed choice Stephen Moore withdraws amid controversy

Staff Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 even while describing him as “a great pro-growth economist and a truly fine person.”
“Steve won the battle of ideas including Tax Cuts and deregulation which have produced non-inflationary prosperity for all Americans,” the president tweeted. “I’ve asked Steve to work with me toward future economic growth in our Country.”
Moore, who had told the Wall Street Journal earlier in the day that he was not dropping out, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Numerous Republican senators had said they objected to Moore’s disparaging past writings about women or had sidestepped questions about whether they would back him. In recent weeks, Moore had said he regretted the writings and said they were meant as humor columns. Moore was an adviser to Trump’s presidential campaign who helped design the 2017 tax cuts. Moore’s candidacy immediately met widespread skepticism about whether he was qualified for a Fed board position and concerns about his background as a highly politicized commentator on economic issues...To read more, please refer to our print or online edition.