Yesterday, at a dinner at Mar-a-Lago, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump met with several Bitcoin miners, expressing strong support for the cryptocurrency sector.

As reported by David Pan for Bloomberg News, this meeting, detailed by Matthew Schultz, executive chairman at CleanSpark Inc., saw Trump positioning himself as an advocate for Bitcoin miners, highlighting their role in stabilizing the energy grid.

Per the Bloomberg report, Trump emphasized his understanding and appreciation of cryptocurrency, particularly Bitcoin, during the discussions. According to Schultz, Trump believes that Bitcoin miners play a crucial role in balancing energy supply, a significant endorsement amid the growing scrutiny the industry faces. This statement aligns with Trump’s broader strategy to appeal to a diverse voter base by incorporating digital assets into his campaign rhetoric.

Jason Les, CEO and director of Riot Platforms Inc., also attended the meeting at Mar-a-Lago. Les confirmed the event through a post on X (formerly Twitter), signaling the involvement of major industry players in these discussions.

This meeting comes at a time when Bitcoin miners are facing significant backlash over their environmental impact and energy consumption. Democrats have been particularly vocal in scrutinizing the industry’s carbon emissions and energy use. However, the sector has found a staunch ally in Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who has been a prominent supporter of the crypto industry.

Following the Mar-a-Lago dinner, Trump took to his platform, Truth Social, on June 11 to advocate for Bitcoin mining. He positioned it as a defense against the potential implementation of a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) by the Biden administration. Trump claimed that Biden’s stance on Bitcoin benefits adversaries like China and Russia and urged for Bitcoin to be produced domestically to enhance U.S. energy dominance.

Source: Truth Social

At a high-profile fundraiser in San Francisco last Thursday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made a compelling case for his support of the cryptocurrency industry while criticizing Democratic regulatory approaches. The event, hosted at the Pacific Heights home of tech investors David Sacks and Chamath Palihapitiya, successfully raised $12 million, as reported by attendees to Reuters.

According to Alexandra Ulmer’s report for Reuters, Trump positioned himself as a fervent advocate for cryptocurrencies during the event. Trevor Traina, a tech executive and former U.S. ambassador, noted that Trump described himself as the future “crypto president.” This declaration comes at a time when the cryptocurrency sector is seeking to influence political figures amid increased scrutiny following significant industry bankruptcies in 2022, which exposed fraudulent activities and resulted in substantial investor losses.

Republican National Committeewoman Harmeet Dhillon conveyed that Trump emphasized the importance of cryptocurrency and expressed his robust support for the industry. However, Trump did not provide detailed plans regarding his approach to crypto policy.

Trump’s remarks contrast with President Joe Biden’s 2022 executive order aimed at ensuring the responsible development of digital assets. This order prompted agencies like the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to develop regulatory guidelines to mitigate risks associated with cryptocurrencies. The Biden administration has also indicated a willingness to work with Congress on a regulatory framework for digital assets.

Robyn Patterson, a spokesperson for the White House, reiterated the administration’s stance, highlighting efforts to balance innovation in digital assets with consumer protection against the risks of new technologies.

Despite San Francisco’s predominantly liberal leaning, Trump has found support among a growing number of venture capitalists and crypto investors in the area, according to the Reuters report. These supporters, including several prominent figures, are concerned about what they perceive as overregulation under the current administration. Jacob Helberg, a Palantir adviser, mentioned that Trump vowed to halt what he described as the “Biden-Gensler crusade against crypto” within an hour of taking office, referring to SEC Chair Gary Gensler.

The event attracted notable attendees from the crypto industry, including executives from Coinbase and the Winklevoss twins, Tyler and Cameron, known for their significant crypto investments.

David Sacks and Chamath Palihapitiya, who have been vocal about their crypto investments, especially in Bitcoin, hosted the fundraiser in the Pacific Heights neighborhood. The alignment of the crypto community with Trump signals a strategic move driven by concerns over regulatory pressures seen as detrimental to industry growth and innovation.

Last month, Trump endorsed cryptocurrency during a special event for Trump NFT holders at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. He voiced concern over the departure of crypto companies from the U.S., citing a perceived hostility towards digital assets. “If we’re going to embrace it, we have to let them be here,” he stated.

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