Tether CEO Paolo Ardoino has hit back at Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse over his recent comments that the United States government is “going after” the world’s largest stablecoin issuer, Tether.

Ardoino took to social media platform X to clear the air around potential U.S. agency action against the firm and called out Garlinghouse for spreading “fear about USDt.”

Ardoino suggested that Garlinghouse’s comments were hypocritical, given that Ripple is being investigated by the SEC and is trying to launch a competing stablecoin.

Source: Paolo Ardoino

Ripple plans to enter the stablecoin market in 2024 amid its ongoing lawsuit against the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Tether CEO said that USDT is the largest stablecoin by market share with millions of users across the world, has helped bank users in developing economies and has strong metrics:

“USDT proved over time to have strong price stability, highly liquid reserves, top tier custodians and profound compliance.”

Ardonio also listed several factors that make USDT compliant and one of the most widely used stablecoins. He said Tether has collaborated with 124 law enforcement agencies across 40+ countries and has blocked more than $1.3 billion worth of assets since inception, linked to scams, hacks and money laundering. Out of these $1.3 billion blocked assets, Tether blocked more than $639 million working with U.S. law enforcement.

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Ardonio also revealed that in the last 12 months, Tether has voluntarily followed 198 requests from law enforcement to block wallets, 90 of which came from U.S. law enforcement agencies and 339 in the last 3 years, out of which 158 requests came from U.S. law enforcement.

Ardonio concluded his tweet with a quip on competing stablecoin issuers. He said Tether cooperates directly with law enforcement agencies while other issuers only comply with judicial orders:

“While other stablecoins, although they claim to be ‘more compliant,’ they require a judge order, allowing hackers, scammers and criminals a long time to move funds around.”

The Tether CEO’s response came after Garlinghouse claimed a “100%” chance of another crypto-related black swan event during a podcast interview. The Ripple CEO said the U.S. government is going after Tether without elaborating on the reasons behind his assessment. However, Garlinghouse also acknowledged Tether’s role in the crypto market.

Many in the crypto community saw Ripple CEO’s comments as an ominous hint of the upcoming U.S. regulatory action. While a few claimed it is just a competitive tactic as they are launching a stablecoin soon.

Cointelegraph reached out to Tether for comments but didn’t get a response at publishing time.

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