Leon Cooperman: Trump pulling market gains forward by trying to boost stocks before election

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President Donald Trump is trying to boost stock market gains as he seeks reelection in 2020, legendary investor Leon Cooperman told CNBC on Wednesday.

“The president is very intent on getting the stock market up,” said Cooperman, who runs Omega Advisors. “My guess is we’re doing a lot of things that are pulling demand forward.” Earlier this year, the billionaire closed Omega to outside investors.

Trump has been calling on the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates while repeatedly criticizing central bank Chairman Jerome Powell for raising rates four times last year.

The president had also reportedly looked into ways to weaken the dollar as a way to boost the economy before next year’s election. However, on Friday, top Trump economic advisor Larry Kudlow and two senior administration officials confirmed that the president decided not to intervene in currency markets.

The Fed is widely expected to announce Wednesday afternoon that it’s cutting rates. Cooperman spoke to CNBC before the Fed decision.

“I think what the president should do is take a victory lap” on rates, said Cooperman, pointing out that Trump was adamantly against the December hike. “Whether Powell caved into Trump? Who knows.”

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