The U.S. currency plunged to a record low against the euro earlier as firms from Citigroup Inc. to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said the Federal Reserve's plan to inject $200 billion into the banking system may fail to break the freeze in money-market lending. Bush's comments were in an interview with the U.S. Public Broadcasting Service to be aired later today.
The dollar traded at $1.5568 per euro at 5:53 p.m. in New York. It touched $1.5573 per euro, the weakest level since the European currency's 1999 debut. The U.S. currency dropped to 101.35 yen, from 103.42 yesterday, and touched the lowest since December 1995.
Bush also reiterated his commitment to a strong dollar. ``We have a dollar that's adjusting, and I am for a strong dollar,'' he said.