March 21 2018

Cashin, Sonnenfeld Differ On The Dow's Tumble If Cohn Resigns

March 21 2018, 12:28 | Clarence Walton

The dollar retreated against the euro, although it recovered from session lows after the White House's denial about Cohn.

Cohn is also seen as the favourite to run the Federal Reserve, although rumours are swirling that he might leave the Trump administration after the president's behaviour following the Charlottesville rally.

Trump felt vindicated following that presser, according to the Washington Post.

Trump has alienated some corporate leaders and USA allies with his comments since violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in the aftermath of a white nationalist protest against the removal of a Confederate statue. This came only after he personally attacked the first CEO to quit his manufacturing council, and threatened that he could easily replace any other CEOs who quit the panels.

Some White House aides are weighing whether standing by President Donald Trump is worth the risk to their reputation, Reuters reported on August 16.

The dollar fell against a basket of major currencies on Friday as continued uncertainty over the economic agenda of U.S. President Donald Trump pushed investors out of the greenback. He even received praise for his response by supremacist leader David Duke. Richard Spencer, head of a white nationalist group, lauded the President for "speaking the truth". However, investors are getting increasingly anxious about Trump's ability to implement his pro-growth agenda.

Stocks also seemed to react to a rumor that Gary Cohn, the longtime Wall Street titan who now advises the president on economic policy, might resign.

The market were rattled by an attack in Barcelona and rumors of the possible departure of a key Trump administration official.

"A lot of it is just making sure that things that are not fully baked, or things that are not constructive, don't end up happening", a senior White House aide told Politico.

Adviser Ivanka Trump, who converted to Judaism, tweeted on Sunday that "there should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis" - groups her father did not call out until Monday.

McConnell's statement did not mention Trump by name.

The dollar fell on Wednesday after the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's July policy meeting that showed policymakers growing more anxious about weak USA inflation.

White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters told the press pool this morning she "could not say" whether Trump and Cohn have spoken about what happened during the president's press conference meltdown at Trump Tower on Tuesday.

In London, British Prime Minister Theresa May offered a rare rebuke of Trump from so close a US ally. The country's justice minister accused Trump of trivializing anti-Semitism and racism.

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