Trump slams Fed chair, questions climate change and threatens to cancel Putin meeting in wide-ranging interview with The Post
- President Trump was considering reappointing Janet Yellen to another term as Federal Reserve chair but was concerned she was too short, according to a Washington Post report.
- Trump instead chose Jerome Powell, whom he has criticized repeatedly for presiding over interest rate hikes.
A Washington Post report that quoted current and former officials said Trump on multiple occasions discussed giving Yellen another term at the central bank but was concerned over her height. He feared that at 5 feet and 3 inches she just wasn’t tall enough to get the job done.
The report said he expressed his misgivings to National Economic Council members and noted that Yellen “impressed [Trump] greatly” during their interview.