Donald Trump Embraces Crypto On Campaign Trail: 'The Future Of Crypto Will Be Made In The USA!'

Presidential candidate Donald Trump has drastically changed his stance on cryptocurrency over the past several years, from wanting little to do with the token in 2021 to pledging his support for the asset class in 2024. This sharp change in policy stance has appeased many crypto supporters, which could be a group that helps decide the election in November.

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Trump spoke to his supporters in Washington D.C. at the Libertarian National Convention, highlighting many items he would enact if he became president. One piece of the speech was especially interesting to the crypto community, as Trump spoke about what he would do with crypto as president:

" "I will also stop Joe Biden's crusade to crush crypto, we're going to stop it. I will ensure that the future of crypto and the future of Bitcoin will be made in the USA, not driven overseas. I will support the right to self-custody to the nation's 50 million crypto holders. I say this with your vote. I will keep Elizabeth Warren and her goons away from your Bitcoin, and I will never allow the creation of a central bank digital currency."

In the quote, Trump touches on several items related to crypto. When mentioning Biden's stance on crypto, he is likely referring to the decisions the Biden administration has made to attempt to remove Bitcoin mining companies from the United States, and the potential for increased taxes. The administration and SEC chair Gary Gensler, also opposed the FIT21 bill, which is designed to bring regulatory clarity to the crypto industry. 

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Regarding self-custody, there have been rumors that the government could potentially end the practice of individuals having full control over their tokens. While this is somewhat of a stretch and there is very little evidence to support that it could ever happen, Trump is strongly against banning self-custody.

Trump also mentions Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has strongly opposed crypto. She argues that it gives way to terrorism, as the currencies can be sent across borders without tracking from governments. "Anything Congress does to legitimize and grow the crypto market must have strong protections so we do not increase moneymaking opportunities for Iran and other adversaries," Warren said. Trump sees this as an overstep, vowing to "keep Elizabeth Warren and her goons away from your Bitcoin." 

Finally, the idea of a central bank digital currency (CBDC) was addressed. There have been strong discussions of the Federal Reserve implementing a CBDC, which could streamline and optimize some processes. However, some Republicans argue that this would simply lead to "surveilling Americans and controlling the behavior of Americans," said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Trump’s speech clarified his stance on crypto. However, there are still many unanswered questions. The crypto community will closely monitor both candidates' comments on crypto as the election nears. 

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