July 18, 2018 / 1:03 AM / a year ago

Fed's George says uncertainty over trade policy could hurt

FILE PHOTO: The Federal Reserve building pictured in Washington, U.S., July 16, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photo

(Reuters) - Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank President Esther George said on Tuesday that uncertainty over U.S. trade policy could slow the economy, even if the current tariffs in and of themselves are too small to have a big impact.

George called trade policy a “significant” downside risk to her outlook for economic growth, even as tax cuts and other fiscal policy is an upside risk.

Reporting by Ann Saphir; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Sandra Maler

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