Donald Trump called for the Clinton Foundation to be “shut down immediately” in a statement released Monday morning, characterizing the organization as “the most corrupt enterprise in political history.”
“Hillary Clinton is the defender of the corrupt and rigged status quo. The Clintons have spent decades as insiders lining their own pockets and taking care of donors instead of the American people,” Trump said in the statement. “It is now clear that the Clinton Foundation is the most corrupt enterprise in political history.”
Clinton has long faced questions about her involvement with the foundation during her tenure as secretary of state, with Trump recently accusing Clinton of fostering a “pay-to-play” relationship with foreign donors and the State Department.
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is calling on Hillary Clinton to shut down the Clinton Foundation and return its donations to countries he claims “influenced her totally” while serving as secretary of state.
“Well, number one, they should shut it down,” Trump said in a Monday interview on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.” “Number two, they should give the money back to a lot of countries that we shouldn’t be taking and they shouldn’t be taking money from. Countries that influenced her totally and also countries that discriminate against women and gays and everyone else. I mean, that money ― it should be given back. They should not take that money.”
The foundation, a nonprofit corporation established by former President Bill Clinton, focuses on fighting childhood obesity, addressing the effects of global climate change and creating economic growth.
The Clintons came under increased scrutiny over the weekend, after a New York Times examination highlighted how the foundation accepted millions of dollars in foreign money amid a deal to give American uranium holdings to a Russian state-owned company. Among the U.S. agencies that signed off on the deal were the State Department, which at the time was headed by Hillary Clinton.