USDC Exits Tron: Justin Sun Optimistic Despite Circle Snub

Justin Sun underscored his respect and support for Circle’s decision to pull USDC support from the Tron blockchain.

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  • Circle pulls USDC support on the Tron blockchain.
  • Circle cites general compliance reasons for ending Tron support.
  • Tron founder Justin Sun brushes off Circle’s snub.

Stablecoins play a crucial role in cryptocurrency infrastructure by providing price stability and liquidity while facilitating the on and off-ramping process. Circle’s USDC stands out as a prominent stablecoin, holding a substantial market cap and being supported on many top blockchains, including Ethereum, Solana, and Tron. 

However, in an unexpected move, Circle announced it would end USDC support for Tron, citing “compliance and other functions across our company.” Despite the snub, Tron founder Justin Sun responded optimistically, stressing the network’s decentralization vision and path forward.

Sun Upbeat Over USDC Snub

Sun did not address Circle’s snub directly, instead commenting on the need for “decentralized money” while emphasizing that Tron will keep pushing to achieve its roadmap goals.    

Likening Tron to Bitcoin and Ethereum, Sun stated that all three blockchains operate with support from community developers. To that end, “We respect and support each developer’s development decisions,” added Sun.


Continuing to avoid commenting on the factors behind Circle’s decision, Sun reiterated Tron’s ambitions “to become the largest and most prosperous decentralized financial protocol in the world.”

Circle Advises to Swap Out of Tron

Circle announced its decision to end Tron USDC support in a blog post dated February 20. Circle will immediately cease minting any additional USDC on the Tron network. However, Tron USDC users can continue transfers to other chains until February 2025. Alternatively, affected parties can redeem their tokens into dollars.


Explaining its decision, Circle cited broad compliance factors. However, the stablecoin operator stated that the decision aligned with its drive to ensure USDC “remains trusted, transparent and safe.” 

“Our decision to discontinue support for USDC on TRON is the result of an enterprise-wide approach that involved the business organization, compliance and other functions across our company,” stated Circle.

On the Flipside

  • Charles Hoskinson argued that centralized stablecoin operators like Circle present an irreconcilable stumbling block to true decentralization.
  • Some members of the Cardano community claim the lack of a USD-backed stablecoin is hindering wider adoption.
  • Kashif Raza, Bitinning founder, speculated that Circle is privy to “something that is not in general public domain,” and the snub is Circle moving to distance itself from Tron.

Why This Matters

Circle’s opaque explanation for discontinuing USDC on Tron, citing only generalized compliance reasons, leaves room for speculation. While Tron pushes ahead with its decentralized ambitions, it becomes clear that Circle prioritizes regulatory compliance first and foremost.

Read about Circle’s latest stablecoin offering on Solana here:
Circle Debuts Euro-backed Stablecoin on Solana Blockchain

Find out more on the total crypto market cap hitting $2 trillion here:
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Samuel Wan

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