Following news of the Clinton Foundation resuming its acceptance of donations from foreign governments, former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs called the practice “awkward at best” ahead of Hillary Clinton’s presumptive 2016 campaign for the White House.
Gibbs, who was President Barack Obama’s first W.H. press secretary, also said the Clintons decision to accept these donations is also part of “a slow roll of concerning headlines” leading up to her potential campaign. The former secretary of state had been told by President Obama to not accept these donations during her tenure at the State Department due to obvious conflicts of interest.
The former White House spokesman made the comments to NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet The Press” Sunday morning.
CHUCK TODD: “Of course, the Clinton Foundation will say, hey, this is all do-gooder stuff that they’re doing in places like Africa. Having to do with health, and food and things like this. But boy, the perception of this — I mean, Saudi Arabia, they’re a lobbyist. In some ways, they lobby America for assistance.”
ROBERT GIBBS: “Look, I think there is no doubt that the appearances are awkward at best. And I think they’re going to have to do something in the very short term to deal with this in a way that puts it off the table. Look Chuck, I think there are a lot of people that have watched the sort of slow roll of the Hillary Clinton campaign, really dating back to last year, with a book tour that some wondered why she was doing, speeches that some wondered why she was doing — and, you know, I think — I think it is from the Democratic perspective, things will get better when there is a formal campaign but there has been a slow roll of concerning headlines for a long time.”