Two Key GOP Senators Express Misgivings on Fed Candidate Moore

Two Key GOP Senators Express Misgivings on Fed Candidate Moore

The White House says controversial past comments from President Donald Trump's pick for the Federal Reserve Board are under review.

"I'm a strong successful woman who's worked with Stephen Moore for decades".

Top White House adviser Larry Kudlow said Monday that Moore still had the President's backing, though press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters that his comments on women and other issues were being reviewed by White House staff.

Moore on Sunday apologized for comments in the past viewed as demeaning to women, saying some were misguided jokes.

On Tuesday, Moore said the "biggest problem" in the USA economy is a relative decline in male earnings for both black and white men.


Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway speaks to members of the media outside the West Wing of the White House, Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Washington.

Keith Appell, CRC senior VP, told Politico his shop is circulating supportive statements from conservatives who think Moore would "bring a breath of fresh air to the Federal Reserve".

Trump announced March 22 that he intends to nominate Moore after the White House completes its vetting process.

"They were humor columns, but some of them weren't amusing, and so I am apologetic".

Republicans hold a 53-to-47 majority in the Senate, and given that Democrats are expected to oppose Moore's nomination, he can only lose the support of three Republican senators and still be confirmed.


Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, also considered a Trump loyalist, withdrew himself from consideration for a spot on the Fed Board last week after a bipartisan pushback.

In an email to CNN's KFile last week, Moore said, "This was a spoof".

"We continue to back Stephen Moore, continue to back him", Kudlow said last week.

"When we have an update on that front we'll let you know", she told reporters. He said he stands by his economic positions but added if his nomination became too much of a liability to GOP senators, "I would withdraw".

"There are very few cases where the nominees are so blatantly political and blatantly unqualified", said Alan Blinder, an economics professor at Princeton University and a Fed vice chairman under President Bill Clinton.


"Every vote would be, 'What does the White House think about this?' That's not the way it's supposed to be", said Cornelius Hurley, the director of Boston University's Center for Finance, Law and Policy and a former Fed official.

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