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Stephen Moore, President Donald Trump's planned Federal Reserve Board candidate, said on Sunday ABC "This Week" on Sunday that he is "ashamed" of some of his earlier writings and comments on women who have recently been scrutinized.
"Honestly, I could not remember writing some of them. They were so long ago," he said of columns re-surfaced by CNN and the New York Times, adding, " They were humor columns, but some of them were not funny, so I apologize, those things that I wrote. "
When asked if he regretted these writings, Moore said," Sure, I'll do that. "[1
What As far as wages and gender equality are concerned, I want this to be decided by the market, "he said. "I do not want the government to intervene."
Last month, Trump announced his intention to appoint Moore for the Fed. He called him a "great choice" and "a very respected economist." In the following weeks, however, Moore came under fire for a series of controversies, including the failure to pay alimony to his ex-wife, and views he had expressed regarding democracy and capitalism.
Moore's controversy is another of Trump's planned Fed selections, Herman Cain, the 2012 GOP presidential candidate and pizza executive, retired from the test. Cain, who was charged with and denounced for sexual harassment, said he has withdrawn because of the stringent "ethical restrictions" that come with the work. A handful of GOP senators signaled that they would not endorse Cain for the job, which requires Senate approval and a 14-year term. Regarding ABC, Moore states, "We should come back to the question of whether I qualify to be a member of the Federal Reserve Board, regardless of whether I have the economic expertise."
He added that he believed he would "get through" the confirmation process when he was eventually nominated.
If I was held accountable for one of these senators, I would retire, "he said," I do not think that will happen. "