Sanders Blasts Clinton Foundation’s Donations From Foreign Governments

• June 5, 2016 11:32 am


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) slammed the Clinton Foundation's acceptance of donations from foreign governments in an interview on CNN's State of the Union Sunday.

Sanders was critical of the the foundation's getting money from foreign governments, specifically Saudi Arabia. The Clinton Foundation has come under criticism in the past for taking donations from foreign governments while Clinton was Secretary of State.

Host Jake Tapper asked Sanders, who has previously held his tongue about the Clinton Foundation, how he felt about it taking money from foreign governments which don’t respect American values while Clinton was at the State Department.

"You have not been critical of the Clinton Foundation but there are those who say that there's something inherently wrong with an American charity, especially one with ties to a secretary of state, taking money from the Saudis and other foreign governments that don't represent our values. Is that a fair criticism?" Tapper asked.

"Yes, it is," Sanders said. "If you ask me about the Clinton Foundation, do I have a problem when a sitting secretary of state and a foundation run by her husband collects many millions of dollars from foreign governments, governments which are dictatorships, you don't have a lot of civil liberties or democratic rights in Saudi Arabia.

"You don't have a lot of respect there for opposition points of view for gay rights, for women's rights. Do I have a problem with that? Yeah, I do."

Clinton has made women’s rights and LGBT equality main issues on her 2016 campaign.

"Do you think it creates the appearance of conflict of interest?" Tapper asked.

Sanders replied, "I do. I do."