The head of Soros Fund Management and the Open Society Foundations progressive political activist George Soros said Thursday.The Hungarian-American Soros issued a warning about both Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying the two seem “willing to risk a nuclear war to keep themselves in power.” Soros also hit out at Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom he referred to as a “dictator.”
“Russia is a mafia state,” Soros said.
“The fact of nuclear war is so horrendous that we are trying to ignore it, but it is real,” Soros said during a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos. “Indeed, the United States is set on a course towards nuclear war by refusing to accept that [North] Korea has become a nuclear power.”
“This creates a strong incentive for North Korea to develop its nuclear capacity with all possible speed, which in turn may induce the United States to use its nuclear superiority pre-emptively, in effect to start a nuclear war to prevent a nuclear war, obviously a self-contradictory strategy.”
Soros said he is using his foundation and the billions at his disposal to “protect the democratic achievements of the past.” Soros was an active supporter of Hillary Clinton during her unsuccessful campaign against Trump in 2016. He reportedly had lost about $1 billion when the market surged higher after Trump’s victory.
“Not only the survival of open society but the survival of our entire civilization is at stake,” he added. “The rise of leadership such as Kim Jong Un in North Korea and Donald Trump in the United States have much to do with this.”
“Clearly I consider the Trump administration a danger to the world,” he said. “But I regard it as a purely temporary phenomenon that will disappear in 2020 or even sooner.”
Soros compared Trump’s moves in the US to Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
” I find the current moment in history rather painful. Open societies are in crisis, and various forms of dictatorships and mafia states, exemplified by Putin’s Russia, are on the rise,” he said, “In the United States, President Trump would like to establish a mafia state but he can’t, because the Constitution, other institutions, and a vibrant civil society won’t allow it.”