Crypto Industry Leaders Confront White House on Regulatory Challenges

Top crypto industry leaders reportedly met with a senior White House official in Washington on Wednesday where they discussed their concerns about the Biden administration’s stricter crypto regulations and explored ways to improve their relationship.

Fox Business reported on July 10 that the meeting took place at the Willard Hotel, just steps from the White House itself. Two prominent Democrats hosted the meeting: Congressman Ro Khanna, representing Silicon Valley in California, and billionaire tech entrepreneur and crypto advocate Mark Cuban.

The invite-only meeting involved about thirty attendees. These included prominent Democrat politicians Congressman Joe Neguse (D-Colorado) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York). Also present were Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse, SkyBridge Capital chief Anthony Scaramucci, former hedge fund manager and crypto investor Mike Novogratz, and officials from leading crypto firms and trade groups.

Senior White House Adviser Joins Crypto Discussion

Anita Dunn, a senior adviser to President Biden, was also present at the meeting. However, White House chief of staff Jeff Zients, although invited, did not attend, Fox reported.

Dunn spoke briefly, admitting that the dialogue with the industry could be more productive. She then listened as attendees criticized the administration’s handling of digital assets. They showed concerns about how the SEC numerous enforcement actions are damaging businesses and reducing market competitiveness.

The SEC is expected to continue crypto enforcement actions actively in 2024, rather than issuing clear rules.

It’s uncertain if the meeting, intended to improve relations between crypto advocates and the Biden White House, succeeded in its goal.

But, Coinbase’s chief legal officer Paul Grewal reportedly said he felt more optimistic leaving the meeting than when he entered. He viewed Dunn’s attendance — despite her busy schedule with the NATO Summit and a critical time in the Biden campaign — as a sign of progress.

Crypto Heavyweights Throw Support Behind Trump

Meanwhile, Trump has increasingly shown interest in cryptocurrencies as part of his campaign efforts. He has shown intent to decrease hostility toward crypto in the US if reelected. Trump has also highlighted his appreciation for and understanding of cryptocurrencies, setting himself apart from current President Joe Biden.

Industry figures are responding to his efforts. Ark Invest’s CEO Cathie Wood said she would choose Trump over Biden in the upcoming November presidential election. Blackstone CEO Stephen A. Schwarzman also says he would endorse Trump as a “vote for change.”

Additionally, the billionaire Winklevoss twins announced they would each contribute $1m in Bitcoin to support the Republican presidential candidate.

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