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U.S. president Donald Trump has signed an executive order banning American citizens from using Venezuelan cryptocurrencies. In effect, this means that the petro, recently launched by Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, is now illegal in the U.S. The controversial cryptocurrency was widely seen as a means to evade economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. The executive order is the latest move by the Trump administration to cut off Maduro’s funding, and is the first time the U.S. president has been officially linked with cryptocurrency.
Ripple, the third largest cryptocurrency by market cap, has been on a tear lately, and it has now signed a significant deal with Saudi Arabia’s central bank.
Ripple Rapidly Gaining Traction
Ripple continues to make inroads into the traditional financial sector. It has recently announced a massive deal with the UAE Exchange and a major partnership with Lianlian International. Additionally, Banco Santander is set to roll out Ripple payments in Q1, and just today came the news that Western Union will begin testing XRP transfers.