The White House weighed in on the recent cryptocurrency meltdown with comments in support of regulation at a recent press conference.
On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre responded to questions about President Joe Biden’s administration’s approach to the crypto sector amid this week’s high-profile collapse of FTX.
“While I cannot comment on what specific actions independent regulators should or should not take on this particular issue, what I can say is that the Administration It means we are aware of developments and will continue to monitor the situation…
The administration… has consistently argued that without proper oversight, cryptocurrencies risk harming the everyday lives of Americans. However, the latest news further underscores these concerns and highlights why careful regulation of cryptocurrencies is really necessary. The White House, along with relevant agencies, will closely monitor the situation as it develops. ”
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Gary Gensler told CNBC on Thursday that the cryptocurrency industry is largely compliant with existing regulations.
“This is a highly interconnected world of cryptocurrencies, with a few centrally-focused players, and one of the centralized players is the lack of disclosure, customer money, a lot of leverage, So he’s got a toxic combination of borrowing and trying to invest, and when the market turned against him, it seems like a lot of our clients lost their money, and that’s what we do. , it’s about those customers.”
Bloomberg News previously reported that the SEC launched an investigation into FTX US, the U.S. arm of FTX, “months ago.”
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