President Trump continued Wednesday to attack the late senator John McCain, even as a growing number of Republican senators rose to McCain’s defense, calling him an war hero and a patriot -- although most were careful not to criticize the president directly.
At a White House event at a tank manufacturing facility in Lima, Ohio, on Wednesday, Trump lashed out at McCain, saying, “I endorsed him at his request and I gave him the kind of funeral he wanted, which as president I had to approve.”
“I don’t care about this,” Trump continued. "I didn’t get a thank you. That’s okay. We sent him on the way. But I wasn’t a fan of John McCain.”
Yes, why weren’t more people thinking of Trump, and thanking him? What is wrong with you, America?
The Federal Reserve on Wednesday suggested it would not raise interest rates in 2019, a dramatic about-face that suggested the central bank’s worries about the economy are intensifying.
“Growth is slowing somewhat more than expected,” Fed Chair Jerome H. Powell said at a press conference. “While the U.S. economy showed little evidence of a slowdown in 2018, the limited data we have so far this year have been somewhat more mixed.”
The Fed cut its growth forecasts to 2.1 percent for this year and 1.9 percent in 2020, significantly below the White House predictions of 3.2 percent this year and 3.1 percent next. Powell refused to comment on the big gap between the outlooks for the future path of the economy, but most outside experts views Trump’s predictions as overly rosy.
This is going to make Trump confused. He doesn’t want them to raise rates, but he also wants everyone to believe that growth will be a gajillion percent as long as he’s president.
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