Coinhooked – FUD Free Crypto News
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….
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.”
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…
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!
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.
Cryptocurrency pundits react
Caitlin Long, an attorney and the co-founder of the Wyoming Blockchain Task Force, was critical of President Trump’s position. The State of Wyoming is paving the way for progressive blockchain regulation in the U.S. with laws that make banking, stock issuance, and doing business easier with cryptocurrency in the State.
2/ Your staff isn’t giving you good advice (I don’t see anyone on your staff who has experience in this new asset class). The US payment system hasn’t really innovated in 50 yrs—it’s unstable & inefficient. I’ve been surprised that your administration has coddled it instead of…
— Caitlin Long