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It’s ‘unlikely’ the U.S. economy’s growth will meet Trump’s goal, International Monetary Fund says

President Trump makes a phone call to Prime Minister of Ireland Leo Varadkar in the Oval Office on June 27, 2017.
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The International Monetary Fund has trimmed its outlook for the U.S. economy, citing the number of uncertainties that surround President Trump’s plans to boost economic growth.

The IMF forecasts that the U.S. economy will grow this year at an annual rate of 2.1%. That would be an improvement over last year’s lackluster 1.6% growth rate but down from the IMF’s April forecast for growth this year of 2.3%.

The IMF also trimmed growth for next year and said the economy would have a hard time achieving the 3% growth goal set in the president’s first budget.

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The IMF’s annual review of the U.S. economy says history would suggest that the growth acceleration projected by the administration is “unlikely.”


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