The dollar slipped lower against other major currencies on Friday, as ongoing U.S. political tensions and doubts over an additional rate hike by the Federal Reserve this year continued to weigh, while a terror attack in Barcelona also dominated investors’ attention.
Sentiment on the greenback was vulnerable after eight chief executives quit two business advisory councils on Wednesday, in protest over U.S. President Donald Trump’s controversial remarks on weekend violence in Virginia.
The U.S. President reacted to the departures by disbanding the councils – the American Manufacturing Council and the Strategic and Policy Forum.
White House Economic Adviser Gary Cohn denied rumours of his possible departure late Thursday. However, growing opposition to Trump’s positions, including from within his own party, have fuelled concerns over the administration’s ability to implement its political agenda.
The dollar also remained under pressure after the minutes of the Fed’s July policy meeting released on Wednesday showed that members of the central bank remain divided over the need to raise interest rates further this year, citing low inflation.
The safe-haven yen was higher, with USDJPY down 0.23% at 109.33, after a van rammed into pedestrians in a crowded tourist area of Barcelona on Thursday evening, killing at least 13 people and injuring 100 others.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident. Spanish police said that two men had been arrested so far.
EURUSD was little changed at 1.1731, off the previous session’s three-week low of 1.1662.
Investors remained cautious after the minutes of the European Central Bank’s latest meeting indicated concerns over the strength of the single currency.
Elsewhere, GBPUSD edged up 0.17% to trade at 1.2890.