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Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell attends a House Committee on Financial Services hearing, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Powell faces barrage of questions on trade

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Updated July 18, 2018 11:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Powell faced a number of questions for a second day from lawmakers about the threat that a trade war poses for the U.S. and global economies. Powell again tried to avoid criticizing President Donald Trump's get-tough policies while endorsing free trade.

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Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell put on his glasses while testifying during a House Committee on Financial Services hearing, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

In response to one question, Powell said, "The bottom line is that a more protectionist economy is an economy that is less competitive, less productive. We know that. It is not a good thing if this is where it goes."

But Powell said that the administration believes that its imposition of penalty tariffs against China and other countries will eventually end up forcing those countries to negotiate for lower tariffs.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Powell is appearing before Congress for the second day to deliver the Fed's mid-year report on the economy and monetary policy.

His written testimony to the House Financial Services Committee is identical to the comments he delivered Tuesday to the Senate Banking Committee.

He says that the economy's strong growth will keep the Fed on its current path of gradually raising interest rates.

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