Since his election to office in 2016, many pundits have speculated on his position on the predominant cryptocurrency. He finally aired his opinions:
I am not a fan of Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies, which are not money, and whose value is highly volatile and based on thin air. Unregulated Crypto Assets can facilitate unlawful behavior, including drug trade and other illegal activity....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2019
President Trump reiterated many of the concerns that critics and the public have of the nascent technology. Well-known skeptics like economist Nouriel Roubini have decried Bitcoin for many of the same reasons denounced in the tweet, frequently calling it a “bubble” and a “scam.”
With Bitcoin’s use bootstrapped by adoption from Silk road, and with its widespread use in money laundering and tax evasion, it’s no surprise that President Trump is against cryptocurrency.
President Trump also attacked Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency. As expressed by NEO Seattle development lead John deVadoss, corporations entering the traditionally government-controlled domain of money will run up against stiff resistance, as evidence by demands from Congress. It seems the POTUS does not deviate on this point:
....Similarly, Facebook Libra’s “virtual currency” will have little standing or dependability. If Facebook and other companies want to become a bank, they must seek a new Banking Charter and become subject to all Banking Regulations, just like other Banks, both National...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2019
Furthermore, with the escalating trade war with China and global economic uncertainty, it makes sense that officials in the U.S. government would want to maintain the dollar’s grip as the world’s global currency.
...and International. We have only one real currency in the USA, and it is stronger than ever, both dependable and reliable. It is by far the most dominant currency anywhere in the World, and it will always stay that way. It is called the United States Dollar!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2019
President Trump has not expressed how he will manifest his bleak outlook on BTC. It is uncertain whether his administration will enact regulatory restrictions or other hurdles to adoption in the United States.
This is not the first time an acting politician has derided Bitcoin. In May, California Democrat Brad Sherman called for members of Congress to join him in introducing a bill to outlaw cryptocurrency purchases by Americans. The bill has yet to garner noteworthy support.
President Trump’s position is in stark contrast to Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, who is explicitly looking to get elected on a pro-cryptocurrency platform.
Mexico-based cryptocurrency exchange Bitso has raised capital from a number of major investors including Ripple, Coinbase, and Jump Capital to help it expand into Latin America.
The UNICEF is rolling out a pilot program to accept cryptocurrency donations—and won’t be converting the raised funds to cash.
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission chair believes that Ethereum is a commodity, according to Yahoo Finance.
Ripple announced on Wednesday a collaboration with UK-based Finastra, reportedly the third-largest FinTech firm in the world, to allow Finastra's customers access to RippleNet, Ripple's global payment network, for faster, cheaper, and more reliable cross-border payments.
Malta-based cryptocurrency exchange, Binance, has added WeChat and Alipay as payment methods on its platform.