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‘No Ma’am’. Powell Tells Maxine Waters He Ain’t Goin’ Anywhere

"If you got a call from the president"...

Predictably, some of the first questions lobbed Jerome Powell’s way during his testimony before the House Financial Services committee on Wednesday related to Fed independence.

Although Larry Kudlow on Tuesday told CNBC that Powell’s job is safe “at the present time”, the very fact that Trump’s advisors are couching things in those terms, suggests the Fed chair is anything but secure in his current position.

After some quick remarks and pointed questions about Facebook’s profoundly silly (and probably dangerous) crypto foray, Maxine Waters got right down to business. “If you got a call from the president today or tomorrow and he said ‘I’m firing you, pack up, it’s time to go’, what would you do?”, she asked. Here is Powell’s response:

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“Well, of course I would not do that”, Powell said, meekly.

So half-hearted was Powell’s response that Waters half-jokingly said “I can’t hear you”, to laughs from the peanut gallery.

Once the laughter died down, Powell tried again. “My answer would be no”. Pressed one more time by Waters, he responded “No ma’am”.

One hopes Powell is ready to have his resolve tested, because in the event stocks sell off or the economy stumbles ahead of (or during) an election year, Trump will move to demote the Fed chair. As you’re probably aware, the White House legal team has already explored this possibility.

Ironically, Waters has probably raised the odds of that happening. After all, Trump isn’t a fan of Waters or Powell and he’s likely to see what happened on Capitol Hill this morning as a joke at his expense.

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4 comments on “‘No Ma’am’. Powell Tells Maxine Waters He Ain’t Goin’ Anywhere

  1. If one were to take this mornings posts and try to form a rational conclusion as to the status of affairs in general (world view) there would appear as sense of desperation by all parties involved…..As a whole we have done a full circle over the last ten years and effectively painted ourselves into a corner..
    Each subsequent step is merely a baby step most often retracted immediately or shortly thereafter… Promises of major step amount to throwing the Fish to a pack of wolves and conviction in any action what so ever is lacking…. The word absurd is getting used pretty frequently. Guessing at any ultimate ending here makes me think Mega changes are on the horizon as we continue to test the Camel’s back…

  2. PaulMiller

    Powell is assuring the market of a rate cut pronto.

  3. He’s assuring Trump of a rate cut, you mean, so as not to interfere with the Donald’s re-election aspirations.

  4. Reggie Carvalho

    Waters is still the dirtiest politician in America by a wide margin.Her words hold no meaning

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