What seems to be a full reversal on a previously hostile Bitcoin stance is tempered by Mnuchin, who added that he still wouldn’t buy BTC himself.
Bitcoin (BTC) may be a “scam” for former United States President Donald Trump, but the former Treasury Secretary appears to have made a U-turn on the world’s first and best-known cryptocurrency.
Speaking to CNBC on Wednesday, Steven Mnuchin confirmed that his perspective on Bitcoin had “evolved.”
Mnuchin: Bitcoin stance has “evolved a little”
The Trump administration was known for its dismissive tone on Bitcoin in public, and those hoping for endorsement from Trump were ultimately left disappointed.
Mnuchin himself was less than inclined to offer support during his Treasury tenure, but his most recent comments reveal a clear softening of his stance.
“I think my view has evolved a little bit, but it is pretty consistent,” he told the network.
“La primera parte es que creo que la tecnología subyacente de blockchain es realmente increíble y tiene muchas cosas diferentes, particularmente en fintech y finanzas. I think as it relates to Bitcoin — if people want to buy Bitcoin as a subsititute, no es diferente de comprar oro o algún otro activo, está bien ".
Mnuchin added that he “would not want to have” Bitcoin in is his portfolio but stressed that he was not against others adopting it.
Continuo, he expressed a desire for Bitcoin to have “complete BSA and regulatory compliance.”
“As a matter of fact, under the OCC last year, we approved that banks could custodian it, and the reason we did that is because we wanted to make sure that this was becoming in the regulated world.”
His words garnered praise from Bitcoin circles, with Saifedean Ammous, autor de El estándar de Bitcoin, calling the changes “nice to see.”
Bitcoin still has few political allies
Mnuchin’s perspective now sounds increasingly at odds with that of Trump’s, who last month flatly called Bitcoin a “scam” in an episode that ultimately failed to impact market sentiment.
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The picture under current President Joe Biden, mientras tanto, has yet to offer much to Bitcoin proponents. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has voiced concerns about cryptocurrency more widely, and senior politicians are at odds over how to address it.
It is not just a U.S. predicament — El Salvador passing a Bitcoin legal tender law in June drew adverse reactions from global financial bodies including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
The law, which enters into effect in September, is so far without comparison anywhere in the world. Paraguay, which presented a regulatory bill on Bitcoin this week, has not revealed plans to adopt a “Bitcoin standard.”
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