Donald Trump agrees with the “liberal” New York Times when it comes to the paper’s criticism of the Clinton Foundation, with the Republican’s campaign sending a press release with a link to an editorial titled, “Cutting Ties to the Clinton Foundation.”
“The fact that even the liberal New York Times thinks the Clinton Foundation presents an unacceptable conflict of interest is a devastating rebuke of Hillary Clinton’s poor judgment and broken ethical compass,” Trump campaign senior communications director Jason Miller said in a statement. “At a minimum, Hillary Clinton should heed the growing calls for her corrupt foundation to cease accepting foreign and corporate contributions immediately. With each donation she becomes more and more compromised.”
The Times editorial details the history of the foundation Bill Clinton started in 2001 “as a vehicle to fund his presidential library.” The Times noted that “pay-to-play” charges have not been proven but that Trump “has reason to say that while Mrs. Clinton was secretary, it was hard to tell where the foundation ended and the State Department began.”
Trump has repeatedly accused the Clintons of “pay-to-play” practices and often points out questionable deals involving the foundation.
“Does the new batch of previously undisclosed State Department emails prove that big-money donors to the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation got special favors from Mrs. Clinton while she was secretary of state? Not so far, but that the question arises yet again points to a need for major changes at the foundation now, before the November election,” the Times’ editorial board wrote.
The Times editorial concludes by calling for the Democratic nominee to separate herself more formalyfrom the foundation.
“The Clinton Foundation has become a symbol of the Clintons’ laudable ambitions, but also of their tangled alliances and operational opacity,” the paper wrote. “If Mrs. Clinton wins, it could prove a target for her political adversaries. Achieving true distance from the foundation is not only necessary to ensure its effectiveness, it is an ethical imperative for Mrs. Clinton.”