Trump made the disclosure in comments to reporters on the
A White House official said the president and Treasury Secretary
The White House official who discussed Trump's meeting with Warsh spoke on condition of anonymity to talk about a private White House meeting. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Trump and Mnuchin had met with Powell.
Trump has said previously that he is considering re-nominating Fed Chair
Warsh, who served on the Fed’s board from 2006 to 2011, was a key advisor to Fed Chairman
Warsh was 35 when then-President George W. Bush nominated him to serve on the Fed board in January 2006. He is currently a distinguished visiting fellow at
Trump told reporters earlier this month that he liked and respected Yellen but had not made a decision yet on the Fed job. Although Trump was harshly critical during the campaign of Yellen's performance, he has made only favorable comments about her since the election.
Yellen's term as chair expires Feb. 3. In an interview this summer, Trump mentioned Cohn as another candidate for the Fed job. But Cohn's prospects appeared to dim after he was publicly critical in August of Trump's response to the protest violence in Charlottesville, Va.
Cohn and Mnuchin have taken the lead in crafting the administration's tax plan, which was unveiled Wednesday.
Yellen, asked last week whether she had met with Trump recently, said she had not met with the president since a brief discussion the two had after Trump took office. Yellen has repeatedly said she plans to serve out her current term. But she has not said whether she would serve another four-year term if asked to so do by Trump.
One other person who has been mentioned for the top Fed job is John Taylor, a Stanford University economist and a favorite of conservatives for his support for a rules-based approach to setting interest-rate policies.
There are three vacancies on the Fed board, and there soon will be a fourth. Fed Vice Chairman
2 p.m.: This article was updated with comment by President Trump and with a report that Trump met with Jerome Powell.