DAVOS, Switzerland, , (Pakistan Point News - APP - 20th Jan, 2017 ) - Billionaire George Soros on Thursday delivered a scathing assessment of Donald Trump, calling the US President-elect a "would-be-dictator" who is "going to fail". On the eve of Trump's inauguration in Washington, Soros said Trump was "gearing up for a trade war" which would have "a very far reaching effect in Europe and other parts of the world". The "would-be-dictator... didn't expect to win, he was surprised," the Hungarian-born financier told an audience of business leaders and journalists at a Hotel in Davos where the World Economic Forum is being held.
"I personally have confidence that he's going to fail... because his ideas, that guide him are inherently self-contradictory," said Soros, adding that members of Trump's cabinet are each fighting for different interests. But he predicted the loss of the US' "positive influence in the world in favour of an open society", which would have "a very far reaching effect in Europe and other parts of the world". Soros, who was a supporter of Trump's Democratic rival Hillary Clinton during last year's campaign, lost nearly a billion Dollars as a consequence of the rally prompted by Trump's surprise election victory, according to press reports.