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The White House has said Donald Trump will make a decision for Fed  chairman before he leaves for a trip to Asia in November. Photo: AFP
The White House has said Donald Trump will make a decision for Fed chairman before he leaves for a trip to Asia in November. Photo: AFP

Trump says he’s eyeing John Taylor, Jerome Powell, Yellen for top Fed post

Donald Trump's closest advisers are steering him toward either John Taylor or Jerome Powell for Fed chairman, several people familiar with the process said

Washington: President Donald Trump said he’s considering Stanford University economist John Taylor and Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell for the top job at the central bank, and indicated Fed Chair Janet Yellen remains in the running for renomination to a second four-year term.

“Most people are saying it’s down to two — Mr. Taylor and Mr. Powell. I also met with Janet Yellen, who I like a lot, I really like her a lot," Trump told Fox Business News in an interview to be broadcast on Sunday and Monday. “So I have three people that I’m looking at, and there are a couple of others. I’d say I will make my decision very shortly."

On the prospect of a Taylor nomination and a Powell promotion into the top two leadership roles, the president said, “it is in my thinking, and I have a couple of other things in my thinking but I like talent and they’re both very talented people."

It’s not clear which of the two men would be chairman and which would be vice chair, a position that Trump also needs to appoint after Stanley Fischer stepped down earlier this week. Both positions are subject to Senate confirmation.

“It’s a hard decision," Trump said.

Trump’s closest advisers are steering him toward either Taylor or Powell for chairman, several people familiar with the process said on Thursday, after the president finished interviewing candidates for the job by meeting with Yellen.

The White House has said he’ll make a decision before he leaves for a trip to Asia in November. Yellen’s first term ends in February. She returned to the White House on Friday for what one official described as a semi-regular meeting with Trump’s top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, whom Trump is also considering for the Fed post.

A fifth candidate, former Fed governor Kevin Warsh, completes Trump’s shortlist. Bloomberg

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