- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 10, 2019

President Trump received some unlikely praise from George Soros on Monday after the left-wing billionaire financier penned an op-ed lauding his strong stance on China.

Mr. Soros argued in a piece for The Wall Street Journal that Mr. Trump’s “greatest” foreign policy accomplishment has been his development of a “coherent and genuinely bipartisan policy” toward China.

“The administration rightly declared Beijing a strategic rival and placed Huawei, China’s multinational telecommunications giant, on the Commerce Department’s so-called ‘entity list’ as a national-security threat,” Mr. Soros wrote. “This prevents U.S. companies from doing business with Huawei.”

Mr. Soros praised the policy as successfully weakening Huawei’s ability to compete in the 5G market, but warned that Mr. Trump may be posturing to use the company’s entity-list standing as a bargaining chip in trade talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping ahead of the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

“It’s hard to know exactly what’s motivating Mr. Trump, but he appears desperate for a deal with President Xi to bolster the U.S. stock market and economy to improve his chances at re-election — putting his electoral interests ahead of America’s interests,” the Open Society Foundations founder wrote. “Congress must prevent this from happening. Mr. Trump’s own Defense Department and National Security Council recognize the grave threat Huawei poses. If Republicans allow Mr. Trump to bail out the Communist Party-run telecom giant, they will be abdicating their most basic democratic responsibilities.”

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