Bold comment. I wonder what he's seeing. WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said he's talking with Wall Street leaders on Tuesday about how to strengthen the U.S. economy and capital markets. Paulson commented in an interview on CNBC television ahead of a public speech at Columbia University. Paulson made no changes in U.S. policy, saying that a strong dollar is in the national interest, and calling on China to embark on structural reforms that would create more flexibility in its currency and allow for greater domestic consumption. He said the fiscal deficit is improving, but its long-term stability depends on reforms in entitlement spending. Asked if the economy faces a recession in the near term, Paulson declared, "Absolutely not."