DAVOS, Switzerland — George Soros accused Facebook of working to re-elect Donald Trump in this years U.S. election campaign in exchange for protection.
“Facebook will work to re-elect Trump and Trump will protect Facebook,” the Hungarian-born U.S. financier said in a speech in Davos on Thursday. “It makes me very concerned about the outcome of 2020.”
A Facebook company spokesperson later told POLITICO in response: “This is just plain wrong.”
Speaking at a dinner hosted by his Open Society Foundation, Soros laid into Trump, Chinas Xi Jinping, Indias Narendra Modi, Brazils Jair Bolsonaro and Hungarys Viktor Orbán, among others.
He described Trump as “the ultimate narcissist” and called Xi Jinping a “dictator,” while praising teenage climate activists such as Greta Thunberg.
But rather than ceding to despair, Soros said he had decided to launch “the most important project of my life” — a $1 billion investment in “critical thinking” via a new network of colleges.