President Donald Trump will do "anything" to stay in power and avoid being held accountable, progressive billionaire George Soros told Italy's La Repubblica in an interview published Wednesday.
Even in a great democracy like the "United States, a confidence trickster like Trump can be elected president and undermine democracy from within," said Soros, who is celebrating his 90th birthday on Wednesday.
The billionaire remarked that "in the U.S. you have a great tradition of checks and balances and established rules. And above all you have the Constitution. So I am confident that Trump will turn out to be a transitory phenomenon, hopefully ending in November."
But Soros cautioned that Trump "remains very dangerous, he's fighting for his life and he will do anything to stay in power, because he has violated the Constitution in many different ways and if he loses the presidency he will be held accountable."
Trump supporters have accused Soros, who funds progressive causes and Democratic politics, of being part of a globalist elite that wants to suppress American voters for his own financial gain, according to Newsweek.
In the La Repubblica interview, Soros also said the COVID-19 pandemic is "the worst crisis in my lifetime since the Second World War," cautioning that people are "disoriented and scared," leading them to "do things that are bad for them and for the world."
He also warned that the pandemic could be harmful to democratic societies, "because the instruments of surveillance produced by artificial intelligence are very useful in bringing the virus under control and that makes those instruments more acceptable even in open societies."
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