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Trump Using Fed, Strong Dollar Complaints to Stir Voter Base

  • President resumes attack on central bank after weeks of quiet
  • Remarks seem to rehash old grievences, not herald new assault
President Trump speaks at CPAC on Saturday.
President Trump speaks at CPAC on Saturday.Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

President Donald Trump’s attempts to blame Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell for any hiccups in the U.S. economy have made a comeback -- this time directed at his conservative base as he gears up for a tough 2020 re-election campaign.

And many investors and economists listening in are learning to tune out the complaints.