Alex Soros penned an op ed in in Politico about the George Soros-founded Open Society Foundations and the Soros mission. Part of that mission is preventing Donald Trump from serving another term in the White House.
“I believe a MAGA-style Republican victory in next year’s U.S. presidential election could, in the end, be worse for the EU than for the U.S. Such an outcome will imperil European unity and undermine the progress achieved on many fronts in response to the war in Ukraine,” Soros said.
Trump has been outspoken in his opposition for the Biden administration’s ongoing, expensive support for the war in Ukraine. Ukraine has received billions in cash, aid and weapons since Russia invaded their neighboring nation in February 2022.
Trump, who worked with Ukraine’s President Zelensky during his time in the White House, as well as with Russia’s President Putin, has said that he’d bring a direct end to the war as soon as the 2024 election installs him back in the White House.
“I know Zelensky very well, and I know Putin very well, even better. And I had a good relationship, very good, with both of them,” Trump said in July.
“I would tell Zelensky,” Trump said, “‘no more, you got to make a deal.’ I would tell Putin, ‘if you don’t make a deal, we’re gonna give them a lot. We’re gonna give more than they ever got if we have to,’” he said. “I will have the deal done in one day, one day.”
“We are adapting OSF to be able to respond to whatever scenarios might emerge, on both sides of the Atlantic,” Soros said.
He tackled the apparent rumor that Soros, and OSF are “leaving Europe,” saying that this is misleading.
Soros claims that he and the Foundation “Are shifting our priorities in Europe accordingly. Yes, this means we will be exiting some areas of work as we focus on today’s challenges, as well as those we will face tomorrow. And yes, we will also be reducing our headcount significantly, seeking to ensure more money goes out to where it’s most needed.”
“But this isn’t any kind of retreat,” he continued, going on to say that the priorities of the Foundation are shifting.
Soros emphasized the work the Foundation is doing in Ukraine.
“To begin with,” he said, “there should be absolutely no doubt that we will continue to support our foundation in Ukraine. We are proud that the network of civil society groups it has assisted, with over $250 million since 2014, has played such an important role in Kyiv’s resilience in the face of Russia’s horrific war of aggression.”
He called for EU membership for the Balkans to “bolster European security and avoid creating a geopolitical vacuum.”
Soros took aim at Hungarian Prime Minister Vikto Orban’s closure of the Central European University which was shuttered by Orban in Budapest. That school, founded by Soros, closed its doors in Budapest in 2018 under Orban’s direction. It has since found another home. Orban shut it down over its left-wing bent.
“Soros had conceived the school during the dying days of communism to train a generation of technocrats,” The Atlantic reported, “who would write new constitutions, privatize state enterprises, and lead the post-Soviet world into a cosmopolitan future. The university, he declared, would ‘become a prototype of an open society.’”
Trump endorsed Orban when he sought reelection in 2022.