Billionaire George Soros, the founder of Soros Fund Management LLC, told attendees at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that President Donald Trump has determined to go on the warpath against North Korea. In a speech on Thursday at the conference that Trump was also attending, Soros said on Thursday, "The fact of nuclear war is so horrendous that we are trying to ignore it, but it is real." Soros said, "Indeed, the United States is set on a course towards nuclear war by refusing to accept that [North] Korea has become a nuclear power."
Soros -- whose philanthropic endeavours provide funding to various progressive and environmentalist groups and foundations -- added, “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 preemptively, in effect to start a nuclear war to prevent a nuclear war, obviously a self-contradictory strategy."
Comparing Trump to Russian president Vladimir Putin, Soros opined that the American president wants to create a "mafia state" and suppress Constitutional rights. Soros said, however, that Trump is unable to do so "because the Constitution and the institutions and a vibrant society won't allow it."
Soros proclaimed that he is using his billions of dollars to "protect the democratic achievements of the past." He added, "Not only the survival of open society but the survival of our entire civilization is at stake." Soros said, “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." He recommended a “carrot and stick” approach to North Korea. The dictatorship, he said, should be rewarded for "suspending further development of nuclear weapons."
As for the U.S., Soros said he will be mobilizing his own political forces to defeat Trump. Soros actively supported Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful presidential campaign in 2016. Also, Soros reportedly had lost approximately $1 billion when the stock markets rose after Trump's victory. "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."
Seeing troubles all over the world and cyberspace, Soros warned that the European Union is facing a "revolutionary period” and disarray. Russia, he said, has arisen.