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 TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral 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 MnuchinTrump: China tariffs will remain for 'substantial period of time' even with deal Pompeo presses for resolution to Gulf dispute On The Money: Trump issues first veto, warning of 'reckless' resolution | US hits Russia with new sanctions | Dems renew push for contractor back pay | Lawmakers seek probe into undocumented workers at Trump businesses 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 HensarlingThe next two years of federal housing policy could be positive under Mark Calabria Why Ocasio-Cortez should make flood insurance reform a priority Exiting lawmakers jockey for K Street perch 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 BradySmaller tax refunds put GOP on defensive Key author of GOP tax law joins Ernst and Young Lawmakers beat lobbyists at charity hockey game 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.