President Donald Trump and Fed Chairman Jerome Powell last year. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Trump said Wednesday's interest rate hike is an example of how strong the economy is, but also slammed the Federal Reserve for raising rates.

Why it matters: This is not the first time Trump has publicly knocked the Fed for hiking rates, but this is definitely the fastest. At a news conference on Wednesday, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, citing the independence of the central bank, said it "does not consider political factors" when determining monetary policy.

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Europe faces "stronger and deadlier" coronavirus wave

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The coronavirus is still winning: Now even Germany is entering another national lockdown, joined by France.

Why it matters: France has been "overpowered by a second wave,” President Emmanuel Macron said in a nationally televised address today. Macron said the "new wave will be stronger and deadlier" than the first.

Stocks close down more than 3%

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Stocks took a hit on Wednesday, with the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrials Average and Nasdaq dropping more than 3% across the board.

Why it matters: The volatility is a break from the stock market grinding higher in the face of spiking coronavirus cases, a stalling economy and gridlocked negotiations over an additional stimulus package.