Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin speaks with reporters outside the White House, Feb. 6, 2019.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin speaks with reporters outside the White House, Feb. 6, 2019.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday that President Donald Trump had a "quite productive" dinner with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. He says they discussed a wide range of subjects, from the state of the economy to the Super Bowl and Tiger Woods' golf game.

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell arrives to speak at a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in Washington.
Fed Keeps Key Rate Unchanged, Pledges to Be 'Patient'
The Federal Reserve is keeping its key interest rate unchanged and signaling it could leave rates alone in the coming months given economic pressures and mild inflation. The Fed also says it’s prepared to slow the reduction of its bond holdings if needed to support the economy.The central bank said Wednesday that it plans to be “patient” about future rate hikes.

Talking to reporters at the White House, Mnuchin said that Trump was very engaged during the casual dinner Monday night. It took place in the White House residence and marked the first time Powell and Trump have met since Powell took office as Fed chairman a year ago.
 
Mnuchin said that Powell's comments were consistent with what he has been saying publicly about the economy. The Fed said in a statement that Powell did not discuss the future course of interest rates.