Trump’s Fed pick defends record, regrets some past writings

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s pick for the Federal Reserve Board says he regrets past controversial articles he’s written about women and urged critics to focus on his economic record.

Stephen Moore says the articles were meant as humor columns, but “some weren’t funny, so I am apologetic.”

He calls the criticism a “smear campaign” and tells ABC: “Let’s make this about the economy.”

Moore is a well-known conservative commentator for more than two decades. He was an adviser to the Trump presidential campaign and helped design the 2017 tax cuts.

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U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Jerome Powell, governor of the U.S. Federal Reserve and Trump’s nominee for chairman of the Federal Reserve, walk to a nomination announcement in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. If approved by the Senate, the 64-year-old former Carlyle Group LP managing director and ex-Treasury undersecretary would succeed Janet Yellen. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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He says he stands by his economic positions but adds if his nomination became too much of a liability to GOP senators, “I would withdraw.”

Trump’s other Fed board pick, Herman Cain, withdrew over past allegations of sexual harassment and infidelity.

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