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George Soros, left, chairman of Soros Fund Management and founder of The Open Society Institute, speaks with Volodymyr Groysman, Ukrainian parliament speaker in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. (AP) George Soros, left, chairman of Soros Fund Management and founder of The Open Society Institute, speaks with Volodymyr Groysman, Ukrainian parliament speaker in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. (AP)

George Soros, left, chairman of Soros Fund Management and founder of The Open Society Institute, speaks with Volodymyr Groysman, Ukrainian parliament speaker in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. (AP)

Amy Sherman
By Amy Sherman February 19, 2018

No, Trump did not declare George Soros a security threat

A hoax circulating on the Internet claims that President Donald Trump had enough with billionaire liberal George Soros and contacted Russia for a file on him.

"Trump declares globalist Soros as ‘national security threat’ using Obama’s 2014 executive order," stated a Jan. 30 headline on the Conservative Daily Post.

There is no evidence that Trump took any such action against Soros. The same story has been picked up by multiple websites.

The Hungarian-born Soros is a hedge fund manager who has supported liberal causes and backed Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Soros has been a major critic of Trump. After Trump won, Soros called him "a con artist and would-be dictator." At a speech in Davos, Switzerland, in January, Soros said, "I consider the Trump administration a danger to the world."

Soros has been the target of many online hoaxes, including that his foundations were banned from Austria and false smears, for example that he instigated racial protests in Charlottesville. Soros, who is Jewish, has also been falsely accused of being a Nazi collaborator.

In this case, the story said Trump had placed a call to Russia to ask about files related to Soros. The story said Trump used a 2014 executive order by Obama to take such action.

That executive order was real, stating that Obama declared a national emergency to deal with the threat of people undermining democracy in Ukraine. However, there is no evidence that Trump used that order to label Soros a threat to national security.

Soros has been involved in Ukraine for decades and said he established a foundation there before it declared independence from the Russia. His International Renaissance Foundation has invested tens of millions in "Ukrainian NGOs, sponsored conferences, scholarships, human-rights confabs and investigative journalists," the National Post reported in 2015.

In 2015, Soros called on the west to inject $50 billion in Ukraine.

Adrian Karatnycky, an expert on Ukraine and nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, which promotes engagement in international affairs, said in general Soros is viewed as a positive figure in Ukraine.

"He is not overtly in step with a particular political party and political movement," he said. "His foundation is pretty sober-minded, reasonably well regarded in Ukraine."

We emailed the Conservative Daily Post and did not get a reply. The Las Vegas-based website states that it "thrives on independent journalism and truth;" however, the story about Soros is not based in evidence. We found no proof that Trump declared Obama a "national security threat."

We rate this story Pants on Fire.

Our Sources

Conservative Daily Post, "Trump Declares Globalist Soros As "National Security Threat"…Using Obama’s 2014 Executive Order," Jan. 30, 2018

Center for Responsive Politics, Top Contributors, federal election data for Hillary Clinton, 2016 cycle, Accessed Feb. 14, 2018

White House, Executive Order -- Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine, March 16, 2014

The National Post, "The Soros Solution; Billionaire philanthropist George Soros has poured millions into beleaguered Ukraine. Now he wants the West to do the same," Feb. 13, 2015

Snopes, "Was George Soros an SS Officer or Nazi Collaborator During World War II?" Sept. 19, 2017

Foreign Policy, "Who’s afraid of George Soros," Oct. 10, 2017

CNN Transcript, Fareed Zakaria GPS, May 25, 2014

Politico, "George Soros rises again," July 27, 2017

Politico, "Soros regretted supporting Obama in 2008, Clinton emails show," Dec. 31, 2015

Reuters, "Soros urges giving Ukraine $50 billion of aid to foil Russia," Jan. 8, 2015

The Hill, "George Soros: Trump a 'would-be dictator,'" Dec. 29, 2016

Bloomberg, "George Soros Says Trump Administration Is ‘Danger to the World,’" Jan. 25, 2015

Independent, "It's no surprise that the far right are mobilising against George Soros – he's the biggest threat to their global domination," Nov. 15, 2016

Business Insider, "George Soros is a favorite target of the right — here's how that happened," May 20, 2017

PolitiFact, "Did Austria's Sebastian Kurz ban George Soros' organization? That's fake news," Oct. 26, 2017

PolitiFact, "Infowars' Alex Jones falsely says George Soros, Hillary Clinton instigated Charlottesville violence," Aug. 14, 2017

Interview, Adrian Karatnycky, Atlantic Council nonresident senior fellow, Feb. 14, 2018

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