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Jes Staley on Trump's comment: The Fed has shown 'right level of caution'

Jes Staley, CEO of Barclays, is being investigated for his conduct in a whistle blowing incident in 2016.
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Jes Staley, CEO of Barclays, is being investigated for his conduct in a whistle blowing incident in 2016.

Barclays CEO Jes Staley responded to Donald Trump's comment on CNBC Monday that the stock market will plummet if the Federal Reserve should raise interest rates.

"I think the Fed has shown the right level of caution," Staley told CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" Monday. "They are data dependent. I think what they see in the labor markets and what they see in the underlying economy ... that's what's driving this move up in interest rates."

The GOP presidential nominee told CNBC that the Fed is keeping interest rates low to preserve President Barack Obama's legacy and has created a "false stock market."

Staley said, if the Fed should raise rates, he thinks just the opposite of what Trump described would happen.

"If there is a correlation between where interest rates go, economic growth, the labor market ... that should translate also into a pretty good environment for corporations," Staley said.

"I'm not quite sure I'd make that connection that rising interest rates will hurt the equity markets," he added.