President Donald Trump White House adviser Larry Kudlow said Thursday on “Squawk in the Street” that the United States economy is leading the world.
The stock market rebounded Thursday after a 24-hour battle between President Trump and the Federal Reserve, which Trump blames for sparking one-day instability by raising interest rates. Trump strongly disagrees with the Fed’s interest rate hikes — four of which have occurred or are in the process of occurring in 2018.
CNBC reports: “We are the hottest economy in the world right now. We’re crushing it,” Kudlow said. “Europe is slowing down. Asia is slowing down. We are moving rapidly.”
Kudlow noted the U.S. economy expanded by 3.2 percent in the first half and that the Atlanta Federal Reserve is expecting growth of 4 percent for the third quarter.
U.S. stocks are also largely outperforming global equities. The S&P 500 is up 3.8 percent year to date, while the European Stoxx 600 index has dropped 7.1 percent. In Asia, the Shanghai Composite has plummeted more than 21 percent while the Japanese Nikkei 225 is down about 1 percent.
“Right now, the U.S. is carrying the ball. I don’t see an end to it,” Kudlow added. “With all do respect, I don’t think this is anything resembling a sugar high. President Trump has changed the incentives in the economy. The war on business is over.”
Before the start of 2018, President Donald Trump signed a bill that slashed the corporate tax rate to 21 percent from 35 percent. The administration has also rolled back regulations it deems are hurtful to businesses.
Kudlow spoke with CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” a day after stocks had their worst day since February. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged more than 800 points while the S&P 500 dropped more than 3 percent on Wednesday amid a rout in tech shares and worries over higher rates sent.
The rout eased on Thursday.
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BACK TO WORK: Ford Motors Announces They Intend to Begin Reopening Plants on Apr. 6
Ford does not want to suspend production for months because of coronavirus.
Ford Motor Co. announced on Thursday that they intend to begin reopening some of their plants on Apr. 6, as the iconic automaker hopes that the coronavirus pandemic will not sideline their business for long.
Ford said last week that they would be suspending all production at their facilities indefinitely. They made the decision along with General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles with union workers spooked because of potential exposure to the coronavirus.
While Ford wants to resume their operations as quickly as possible, their plans are not written in stone. They could re-evaluate their time frame if the coronavirus pandemic worsens over the next ten days.
“We will continue to assess public health conditions as well as supplier readiness and will adjust plans if necessary,” Kumar Galhotra, Ford’s president of North America, said in a statement.
GM and Chrysler have not issued any possible schedule for resuming operations at the present time. If all goes according to plan, Ford will re-open the Hermosillo Assembly Plant on Apr. 6 for one shift. It would then open many more facilities across the country on Apr. 14.
The other corporate titans of Motor City may be skittish about reopening because of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s draconian restrictions on industry. Whitmer has issued an edict forcing all supposedly non-essential businesses to shutter until Apr. 13.
“The current trajectory we’re on seems a lot like Italy,” Whitmer said earlier this week. “We’ve got to do everything in our power to keep that from happening in Michigan.”
“This is an unprecedented crisis that requires all of us working together to protect our families and our communities,” she added. “The most effective way we can slow down the virus is to stay home. I know this will be hard, but it will be temporary. If we all come together, get serious, and do our part by staying home, we can stay safe and save lives.”
While public officials like Whitmer may have the best of intentions, their forced shut-down of the economy may cause more lasting damage to the country than the coronavirus ever could.
“The situation is fluid and can change week to week,” said Jim Cain, a spokesman for GM. “We don’t have firm return-to-work dates at this time.”
Americans are desperate to go back to work as the social safety net is strained like never before during these trying times. A dubious record was set for jobless claims filed in March, with three million Americans filing for unemployment benefits. President Trump hopes to have the country back on track by the Easter holiday.
“I think there are certain people that would like it not to open so quickly,” Trump said on Wednesday. “I think there are certain people that would like [the economy] to do financially poorly, because they think that would be very good as far as defeating me at the polls.”
He added: “I’m not going to do anything rash or hastily — I don’t do that. But the country wants to get back to work.”
It will not be easy for President Trump to pull the nation out of the grip of media-driven mass hysteria that has resulted from the coronavirus pandemic.
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