Former President Bill Clinton defended the Clinton Global Initiative Monday in New York insisting “we did the right thing” while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state when accepting foreign donations. (RELATED: UBS Ramped Up Clinton Foundation Donations After Hillary Helped It In IRS Dispute)
In an interview with CNBC’s Becky Quick, Clinton suggested that the Clinton Global Initiative is “much more transparent than most similar foundations.” (RELATED: Clinton Global Initiative Speaker Praised By Hillary Backs Law To Jail Gays)
Becky Quick: Sir, let’s talk about the Clinton Global Initiative. It’s now been 10 years of work. In that time, you’ve raised over $2 billion in assets and you’ve had more than 3,000 promises that have been made to really go out and change people’s lives around the globe. The scale and the scope have been enormous in terms of the good work you’ve been able to do, but it has also brought a huge amount of scrutiny, particularly when your wife, Hillary Clinton was secretary of state and the foreign individuals who made donations over that period of time. In hindsight, in looking back, is there anything that you would have done differently with that fundraising?
Bill Clinton: I don’t know, I made so many decisions. I hope I would have done something differently. But I think we did the right thing in the right way. We are, even our critics say we’re much more transparent than most similar foundations.