Monica Crowley, former Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, explained on Fox News Saturday what would happen if emerging economies move away from the U.S. dollar towards the Chinese yuan and the USD is no longer the world’s dominant currency. She stressed:
It’s really hard to overstate exactly how catastrophic the abandonment of the U.S. dollar would be as the world’s global reserve currency.
Crowley explained that since the end of World War II, the dollar has been considered a safe haven. Initially, it was backed by gold, but after President Nixon took the U.S. off the gold standard, there has been no hard asset backing the dollar for the last 50 years. Instead, it has been backed by “the strength and economic power” of the U.S., she said.
The former Treasury official added that another important factor is “the fact that oil has always been traded in dollars,” warning:
If that were to end, that would mean the end of the U.S. dollar.
Emphasizing that the U.S. dollar having the world’s reserve currency status “has been a real privilege,” she expressed: “We’ve abused the privilege by wholly reckless monetary and fiscal policy for so many years, certainly over the last couple of years, which has really devalued the dollar.”
Crowley continued: “On top of that, now you do have this perfect storm of Biden’s weakness, his war on American domestic energy production, the Ukraine war … Because of all of these things, we’ve got America’s enemies, led by China, forming a new economic bloc.”
The former Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs added that since we are at a pivotal moment, “all it would take at this point … is for Saudi Arabia, who has indicated that they are open to this, to say: ‘You know what, we’re going to be open to considering other currencies to trade in oil.’” Crowley warned:
If that were to happen, there would be a complete implosion of the global economic system, but certainly the American economic system. And if that were to happen, you’d be looking at sky-high inflation just raging, Weimar Republic kind of inflation. If you think inflation is bad right now, just wait.
“But more importantly, we would lose our economic dominance and we would lose our superpower status,” she noted.