Donald Trump Says He's Mulling Breaking Up The Big Banks

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U.S. President Donald Trump is exploring whether to break up some of the largest U.S. banks by resurrecting a Great Depression law that kept consumer and investment banks separate.

Trump told Bloomberg News in an Oval Office interview: "I'm looking at that right now.''

The president added, "There's some people that want to go back to the old system, right? So we're going to look at that.''

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an event with the Independent Community Bankers Association in the Kennedy Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S. on Monday, May 1, 2017. Trump said he's actively considering a break up of giant Wall Street banks, giving a push to efforts to revive a Depression-era law separating consumer and investment banking. Photo: Alex Wong/Pool via Bloomberg

Trump has been outspoken critic of financial regulations approved after the 2008 financial crisis, saying they have stifled economic growth.

But over the course of his presidential campaign, he encouraged restoring a version of the 1933 Glass-Steagall law that kept banks from offering both consumer lending and investment banking services. The law was repealed as part of the 1999 financial deregulation under then-President Bill Clinton.

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