Last month, President Trump nominated notoriously hackish economic analyst Stephen Moore to serve on the Federal Reserve Board. He didn’t give it a ton of thought. According to the Wall Street Journal, the offer was made after Trump read an opinion article Moore wrote for the same paper. The piece was flattering to Trump and critical of Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, whom the president has bashed repeatedly on Twitter for raising interest rates. Boom. Nomination.
Trump criticized the Fed again on Tuesday, just as a month’s worth of scrutiny over the pick seemed to be causing several Republican senators to consider splitting with Trump and voting against confirming Moore. “I don’t imagine he can get the votes,” an unnamed Republican senator told Politico.