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Soros says Trump is doing the work of ISIS01.31.16

Billionaire financier George Soros is not a fan of Donald Trump, the leading candidate among Republican contenders in the race for the presidency of the United States. It comes as no surprise as Trump is running on the Republican ticket, and Soros has often supported Democratic candidates and is liberal in his thinking.

Trump’s statements about Muslims, especially ideas like rounding them up and making them wear identification, or keeping them out of the country, have raised a lot of eyebrows. Soros is no exception. In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Soros said Trump’s remarks were “doing the work of ISIS.”

The anti-immigration talk of Trump is angry and stirs up fear, and he said ISIS would use that as a recruiting tool. George Soros said while ISIS amounts to a small number of the total Islamic population, it could give them the idea that terrorism is the only option they have. Soros does not see ISIS as the huge threat that Trump does, or that most Republicans do. He cited the fact that Iraqi and Syrian armies have won back areas that ISIS had overtaken, and he believes that group’s days are numbered.

Soros has made similar comments about Ted Cruz, another Republican candidate who has stirred up fear about Muslims. He has said Democrat Hillary Clinton would win easily against either Cruz or Trump.

Soros was born in Hungary and was a youth during World War II and his country was under Nazi occupation. He left for England after the war, and got his education at the London School of Economics, and later moved to the United States in the early 1950s. He made his fortune in international finance.

Soros said he was an immigrant then, and he understands the plight of refugees. He said he was one then, so he wants to help them when he can, and he understands their struggles. He also said America was better to immigrants then than it is now, and better than Trump would be.

Being involved in international finance, an being a native of Europe, Soros is heavily involve in that area of the world. He said the troubles in the Middle East, an the rise of ISIS, has contributed to the financial crisis Europe faces now. He said German Chancellor Angela Markel may have been wrong to open the country to refugees to the extent she did, but he also credited her with having the foresight to realize the extent of the problem.

Still he believes that integrating refugees into Europe is a good thing, and that European countries will do so as they follow the leadership of Germany.

Forbes ranks Soris 16 in the world’s richest men and Trump ranks No. 121.

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