Trump: Wall Street sell-off would be 'big mistake'

Trump: Wall Street sell-off would be 'big mistake'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff MORE said traders selling stocks are making a "big mistake" on Wednesday, his first comments about the wild swings in the stock market that have cut into the gains made during his presidency.

Trump said the economy is strong and that those trading stocks will regret their actions.

"In the 'old days,' when good news was reported, the Stock Market would go up. Today, when good news is reported, the Stock Market goes down," Trump tweeted. "Big mistake, and we have so much good (great) news about the economy!"

 

The Dow Jones industrial average was up nearly 200 points in morning trading. 

It fell more than 2,000 points from midday Thursday to Tuesday morning before gaining by the end of Tuesday.

The sell-off has been triggered by fears that a growing economy will raise inflation and lead the Federal Reserve to increase interest rates.

Trump has repeatedly highlighted the rising market as a testament to his economic stewardship over the past 12 months, most recently in his State of the Union address last week. His warning differs with the reaction of his Treasury secretary and Republican lawmakers, who've called the downturn a natural, expected reaction to economic conditions.

Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinSchumer seeks focus on health care amid impeachment fever The Hill's Morning Report - Trump grapples with Turkey controversy Trump hypes China trade deal as new doubts emerge MORE said Tuesday that stock markets are “functioning very well” amid wild volatility after a day of record-breaking losses.

"I don’t think these types of moves, given how much the market has rallied, pose systemic risk," Mnuchin said. "You've seen a normal market correction, although large."

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb HensarlingThomas (Jeb) Jeb HensarlingHas Congress lost the ability or the will to pass a unanimous bipartisan small business bill? Maxine Waters is the Wall Street sheriff the people deserve Ex-GOP congressman heads to investment bank MORE (R-Texas) said the downturn was “ironic, but totally predictable." 

“Artificial interest rates have been helpful for some on Wall Street, but not many on Main Street,” said Hensarling, who had long called on the Fed to quicken the pace of rate hikes.

House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyOvernight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — House Dems change drug pricing bill to address progressive concerns | Top Republican rejects Dem proposal on surprise medical bills | Vaping group launches Fox News ad blitz Top Republican rejects Democratic chairman's approach to stopping surprise medical bills America's workers and small business owners need the SECURE Act MORE (R-Texas) said Monday that the stock market dip proved that the GOP tax bill passed enacted last month is already stimulating the economy.

“Corrections like this are normal," Brady said, arguing the tax downturn . “We want an economy where paychecks increase.”

Updated at 12:16 p.m.