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Solana Labs Issues Statement Clarifying Stance on Melania Trump’s New NFT Project

The former first lady of the U.S. may be building on the platform, but it didn’t take long for the company’s representatives to make their stance clear.

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Former First Lady Melania Trump has announced a new NFT collection on Solana’s platform, which might just lead to Solana’s creators getting some backlash.

When Trump announced her plans and the project this morning, not too long after, a Solana Labs representative made a statement citing their lack of involvement, when speaking with Decrypt.

“I wanted to inform you, to avoid any confusion, that her choice to use the Solana blockchain was completely organic, and this project is not part of any Solana-led initiative,” the representative mentioned in their statement.

Solana Labs represents the core team building the blockchain ecosystem, which also includes the original founding members of the platform. The Solana Foundation on the other hand had been announced last year in June, with Solana Labs transferring over all IP, not to mention a considerable amount of SOL cryptocurrency to the foundation in order to support its long-term development.

Trump’s NFT is a painting called “Melania’s Vision”, created by Marc-Antoine Coulon, is now available on her website from today through December 31st, and sells for a total of 1 SOL, which translates to $185.

Her plan is to also release more NFT collectibles in the near future, and host an auction in January of 2022. The auction will reportedly include digital and physical artwork, in addition to an unspecified “physical one-of-a-kind accessory.”

Trump’s NFT platform is said to be ‘powered by Parler.’ Parler is a social networking service which gained a lot of popularity among far-right conservatives and extremists. A controversial service, Parler was subsequently removed from multiple app stores and marketplaces after the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. As of right now, Trump’s NFT platform’s payments are being taken care of by MoonPay.

Trump’s NFT collection will help support her Be Best public awareness campaign according to her, and she plans to donate an unspecified portion of the proceeds from the sale to “assist children aging out of the foster care system.”

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