Hillary Clinton today said that her husband Bill Clinton should be able to continue his foundation work until after the November election, a remark slammed by the rival Trump campaign which alleged that the Democratic presidential nominee operates in a permanent ethical blind spot.
Bill, who founded Clinton Foundation after he stepped down from the US presidency to carry out charity and humanitarian work globally, is the head of the foundation.
Of late the Hillary’s political rivals have been alleging the Clinton Foundation of undue influence on the State Department when she served as the Secretary of State in the first term of the Obama Administration.
The allegations have been denied by both of them.
“I don’t think there are conflicts of interest,” Hillary told ABC in an interview, according to the excerpts released on Monday.
“I’m very proud of the work that the Clinton Foundation has done. It’s a world-renowned charity because of the work that my husband started and many, many people helped him with. … He started this great work. He has made it his life’s work, after the presidency. And he has said, if I am so fortunate enough to be elected, he will not be involved. And I think that is appropriate,” she said.
During the interview, she said that while at the State Department she was not influenced by anybody.
“I feel very good about the work of the foundation. I feel very good about my service as secretary of state. No decision I ever made was influenced by anybody. What I made a decision based on was what was good for the United States, what was good for our values, our interests, and our security. And the State Department has confirmed there’s no evidence of any such influence at all,” she said.
“All of these questions about the Clinton Foundation, I am more than happy to answer,” she said.
However, the rival Trump Campaign alleged that by saying this Hillary has announced that the Clinton Foundation will continue with its corruption if she is elected as the president of the country.
“The fact Hillary Clinton believes it is appropriate for her husband to remain on the board of the Clinton Foundation if she is elected is proof that she operates in a permanent ethical blind spot and lacks the judgement to be president. This would present an unacceptable and unprecedented conflict of interest which would compromise her presidency beyond repair,” Jason Miller, senior communication advisor to the Trump Campaign.
“That’s why the country’s leading newspapers, ethicists, and even top Democrats are calling on the Clintons to separate from the Clinton Foundation or to even shut it down.
“Given the repeated examples of Clinton Foundation donors and officials receiving access and favours from Hillary Clinton’s State Department, what she is proposing is to essentially plant a giant ‘for sale’ sign on the White House lawn,” Miller said.