At a recent town hall event in Greenville, South Carolina, broadcast by Fox News on Tuesday, former U.S. President and Republican front-runner Donald Trump shared his evolving views on Bitcoin and the broader cryptocurrency market. This discussion comes at a critical juncture ahead of South Carolina’s Republican primary.

As CoinDesk reported earlier today, during the event, Trump acknowledged Bitcoin’s significant growth, stating that it has “taken a life of its own.” This recognition marks a notable shift from his previously skeptical stance towards cryptocurrencies. Responding to Fox News anchor Laura Inghram’s inquiry about the U.S.’s potential embrace of Bitcoin, Trump suggested that “You probably have to do some regulation,” indicating a more open yet cautious approach to the digital currency’s burgeoning presence in the financial landscape.

Trump’s comments signal a potential easing of his stance towards Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies more broadly. As CoinDesk pointed out, this is particularly noteworthy considering his 2019 tweet, where he expressed a clear disfavor towards cryptocurrencies, labeling them as “not money” and underscoring his preference for the U.S. dollar. “I always liked one currency … I like the dollar,” Trump reiterated during the town hall, maintaining his support for traditional currency while also acknowledging the growing acceptance of Bitcoin.

In addition to discussing Bitcoin, Trump also touched upon the topic of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), which he labeled as dangerous. He vowed to oppose the introduction of CBDCs if re-elected, highlighting his concerns over their potential impact on the financial system and individual privacy.

Earlier this month, when interviewed by Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo on “Mornings With Maria,” the former president expressed significant concerns regarding the development of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), emphasizing the risks of surveillance and the possibility of individuals discovering their accounts have been depleted. He pointed out these concerns as major threats, in addition to the challenges posed by the rapid progress in artificial intelligence (AI). Trump recounted an experience where AI technology was used to falsely attribute an endorsement to him, underscoring the challenge of differentiating authentic from manufactured content. He underlined the critical need for measures to mitigate the security vulnerabilities introduced by AI, noting that the technology’s capability to accurately replicate reality could foster misinformation and potentially lead to disputes.

In the past few weeks, Trump has openly criticized the idea of CBDCs, a viewpoint he initially shared at a campaign rally in New Hampshire on January 18. This perspective aligns with Trump’s broader economic and political agenda, garnering support, particularly among his conservative base.

Trump has consistently voiced objections to CBDCs, framing his opposition as a defense against perceived governmental overreach. He has pledged to “shield Americans from government despotism,” specifically pointing out the risks associated with CBDCs in granting the government undue power over citizens’ financial assets.

On January 18, Trump declared:

“As your president, I will staunchly oppose the establishment of a central bank digital currency… Such a currency would endow the federal government — our federal government — with total control over your finances. They could seize your assets, and you might not even realize they’ve been taken.”

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