Everyone knows that “politics makes strange bedfellows,” but it’s still strange to hear George Soros singing President Trump’s praises.
Soros, the billionaire liberal activist and founder of the Open Society Foundations, is the epitome of a globalist. He funds organizations all over the world that are dedicated to promoting his vision of an “open society” in which international institutions supersede nations and leftist values are enforced by distant elitists.
This vision is diametrically opposite of President Trump’s America First philosophy, which is deeply skeptical of the growing power of supranational institutions that are not accountable to the American people.
This represents the leading forces in an ideological struggle for the future of the West. George Soros’s name is now synonymous with a globalist elite advancing a “post-national” future, whereas Donald Trump is the face of an ongoing populist revolt that seeks to restore the primacy of the nation-state and individual liberties.
And yet, regarding the threat posed by communist China, Trump and Soros actually agree: the United States must take strong action to reign in China’s abusive practices now, while America still has the upper hand.
According to Soros, President Trump’s “greatest ... foreign policy accomplishment” has been cultivating a broad, bipartisan consensus about the need to confront China’s diplomatic and economic aggression. Creating this consensus is of generational significance, because the success of our current efforts will determine whether America or China dominates the 21st century.
Today, just about the only people who still doubt the challenge China poses to the United States are the 2020 Democrats standing on the debate stage. During the 2016 election campaign, liberal elitists mocked then-candidate Trump for emphasizing the need to confront China. Now, as Joe Biden can attest, writing off China as a competitor is a political liability. President Trump is solely responsible for the change.
But while Soros praises Trump with one side of his mouth, he criticizes him with the other. Soros, it turns out, only cares about bludgeoning China with economic pressure, not securing a genuinely fair trade deal that will benefit American workers.
Specifically, George Soros worries that President Trump might “undermine his own China policy” by agreeing to lift sanctions on Chinese telecom giant Huawei as one of the conditions of a broader agreement with Beijing. According to Soros, the U.S. should wage perpetual economic war against Huawei in order to prevent the company from developing its 5G capabilities, even though the whole point of the president's strategic counter-tariffs is to restore fair competition and end the unfair advantages that Chinese companies such as Huawei have enjoyed for decades. Soros even urges Congress to pass a law barring President Trump from lifting sanctions on Huawei without congressional approval, a move that could make it virtually impossible to achieve a comprehensive deal with the Chinese government.
Why is Soros taking such an extreme position? He explains that, “As founder of the Open Society Foundations, my interest in defeating Xi Jinping’s China goes beyond U.S. national interests.” Soros makes it clear that he wants to destroy Xi Jinping’s China, not advance U.S. national interests. He doesn’t want America to establish a mutually beneficial relationship with Beijing, as President Trump does, but rather to wage a personal ideological crusade against China.
It’s encouraging to hear the arch-liberal billionaire George Soros express even qualified praise for President Trump, but given Soros’s track record of supporting the globalist left, it’s even more encouraging to hear that he still has objections to the president’s approach.
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