He’s down with the struggle of barely getting by with hundreds of millions of dollar. They once were “dead broke” but apparently are still barely getting by.
Bill Clinton defended his family foundation on Monday, saying it was ‘absolutely not’ a mistake to do business with foreign donors from questionable countries like Saudi Arabia.
The Clinton Foundation is currently causing trouble for wife Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, with critics drawing attention to the millions the non-profit has accepted from foreign governments.
Before entering her name in the ring, Mrs Clinton left the foundation with many questioning whether she was trying to distance herself from the non-profit.
Following a wave of criticism, the foundation will now only be accepting money from six Western governments but Clinton says the move is not an acknowledgement that they had done anything wrong.
In an interview with the Today show, Clinton says she and his wife are and always have been proud of the foundation, which has raised over $100billion for programs around the world.
As for the change in policy regarding donors, Clinton says ‘it’s an acknowledgement that we’re going to come as close as we can during her presidential campaign to following the rules we followed when she became secretary of state.’
Clinton said attacks on foreign donations – including an estimated $10million to $25million from Saudi Arabia – are part of a ‘very concerted effort to bring the foundation down.’
‘There is no doubt in my mind that we have never done anything knowingly inappropriate in terms of taking money to influence any kind of American government policy,’ Clinton said. ‘That just hasn’t happened.’
In the past, Clinton says they have also turned down donations from questionable sources, but would not name the donors.
He says that if his wife were elected to the presidency, he may consider stepping down from the foundation to calm fears that donors could potentially be influencing the White House.
Clinton also defended his main job – giving speeches where he charges up to $500,000 – saying he’s ‘gotta pay our bills’.
Clinton says he gives 10 per cent of his income every year back to the foundation, and that when his wife was with the foundation she gave 17 per cent.
Meanwhile his wife has now been a presidential candidate for 22 days and still has yet to give an interview or appear on a Sunday show. Oddly, the media doesn’t seem to care.