Former US president Donald Trump has expressed his opposition to a CBDC in his campaign speech on Wednesday. Mr Trump said that a CBDc infringes on the citizen’s rights to freedom and privacy.
Too Much Power to The Government
Former US president Donald Trump expressed his strong opposition to the idea of a central bank digital currency (CBDC) in his campaign speech for the 2024 presidential election. He claimed that a CBDC would give the government too much power over people’s money and violate their freedom. Trump, who is seeking to regain the White House after losing to Joe Biden in 2020, delivered his speech at a rally in his New Hampshire appearance on Wednesday.
He criticized the current administration for its economic policies, especially its support for the development of a CBDC by the Federal Reserve.
“A CBDC is a disaster for America. It is a way for the government to spy on you, to track your every move, to control your spending, and to confiscate your wealth. It is a threat to your freedom and your privacy. It is a tool for socialism and tyranny,” Trump said.
Protecting the USD
He added that if he was elected president again, he would never allow the creation of a CBDC, and he would protect the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency. He also urged his supporters to reject any attempts by the government to force them to use a CBDC or to ban cash and other forms of money.
“We need to defend our money, our sovereignty, and our liberty. We need to keep America great. We need to say no to CBDC and yes to the US dollar. That is why I am running for president again, and that is why I need your vote,” Trump said.
For Greater Financial Inclusion
Trump’s speech was met with cheers and applause by his loyal fans, who chanted “Four more years” and “Stop the steal”. However, his views on CBDC were not shared by many experts and officials, who argued that a CBDC could have many benefits for the US economy and society.
According to the Federal Reserve, a CBDC is a digital form of money that is issued by the central bank and backed by the full faith and credit of the government. It is different from cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, which are decentralized and not regulated by any authority. A CBDC could offer faster, cheaper, and more secure transactions, as well as greater financial inclusion and innovation. It could also enhance the effectiveness of monetary policy and fiscal stimulus, and reduce the risks of financial instability and cyberattacks.
Complementing, Not Replacing The USD
The Federal Reserve has been exploring the possibility of issuing a CBDC, known as the digital dollar, since 2020. It has been conducting research and experiments, as well as engaging with stakeholders and the public, to assess the potential benefits and challenges of a CBDC. It has also been collaborating with other central banks and international organizations, such as the Bank for International Settlements, to exchange views and best practices on CBDC design and implementation.
The Fed has not made a final decision on whether to launch a CBDC, but it has stated that it would do so only with the support of Congress and the American people. It has also emphasized that a CBDC would complement, not replace, cash and other forms of money, and that it would respect the privacy and security of users.
Endorsed By President Biden
The Fed’s stance on CBDC has been endorsed by President Biden, who has expressed his confidence in the Fed’s independence and expertise. He has also said that a CBDC could help the US maintain its leadership and competitiveness in the global economy, and counter the influence of China, which has been developing its own CBDC, the digital yuan, since 2014.
Biden’s remarks have drawn criticism from Trump, who has accused him of being weak and naive on China, and of undermining the US dollar and the American way of life. He has also claimed that a CBDC would enable the government to impose negative interest rates, inflate the money supply, and manipulate the election results.
The Future of Money
The debate over CBDC has become one of the key issues in the 2024 presidential race, as both candidates have appealed to different segments of the population and the business community. While Trump has rallied his base of conservatives, libertarians, and nationalists, who value freedom, sovereignty, and tradition, Biden has attracted the support of progressives, moderates, and globalists, who favor innovation, inclusion, and cooperation.
The outcome of the election will have a significant impact on the future of money and the role of the US in the world. As the date of the election approaches, the tension and uncertainty are rising, and the stakes are high. Who will win the battle of the CBDC? The answer will be revealed soon.