President Bush: U.S. is on top of financial crisis |

President Bush: U.S. is on top of financial crisis

Ben Feller, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) ” President Bush, trying to ease turmoil in financial markets, said this morning that his administration is “on top of the situation” in dealing with the slumping economy.

“One thing is for certain, we’re in challenging times,’ the president said after meeting with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and other senior economic advisers. “But another thing is for certain: we’ve taken strong decisive action.”

The president commended the Fed for its urgent actions over the weekend. He said that “we’ve shown the country and the world that the United States is on top of the situation.”

Bush, surrounded by his economic advisers at the White House, said his administration is monitoring economic developments closely.

“When need be, we’ll act decisively,” Bush said, without indicating any other steps his government might take.

Repeating his reassurances to the country, the president said that in the long run, the economy is going to be fine.

Bush spoke on a day of turmoil and plunging prices on global financial markets. Oil prices hit a record in Asian trading, U.S. stock index futures fell sharply and the dollar hit record lows.

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