Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's $100,000 donation to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's Foundation is important to consider as the 2016 Presidential Election nears.
The Daily Beast reports that Trump lately has criticized Hillary Clinton for her family’s foundation, calling it a “vast criminal enterprise,” according to Mother Jones.
On Aug. 22, The Associated Press published a story revealing that more than half of the non-government representatives who met with Clinton during her time as Secretary of State were individuals who had donated to the Clinton Foundation.
After hearing this story, Trump said, “What is being uncovered now is one of the most shocking political scandals in American history," according to Mother Jones. He went on to say, “A secretary of state sold her office to corporations and foreign governments, betraying the public trust.”
In response to the AP story, former President Barack Obama campaign manager David Plouffe defended the Clinton Foundation. In an interview with NBC’s "Meet the Press," he said, “The Clinton Foundation, I think it’s a universal agreement, has done remarkable work around the world. I think Donald Trump himself contributed $100,000 to the foundation.”
Plouffe is correct.
In 2009, the Donald J. Trump Foundation donated $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation, according to PolitiFact.com.
When evaluating Trump’s criticisms of the foundation, the American public must be aware of the fact that the GOP candidate also has donated.
PolitiFact reports that the donations came from Trump’s Foundation, rather than from Donald Trump’s pocket. This does not provide an out for the Republican nominee.
Trump does not give much money to his own foundation, according to The Washington Post. In fact, he has not donated a single dollar of his own money to the foundation in the last five years.
He does, however, oversee the contributions that the foundation makes to other causes, including the $100,000 donation to the Clinton Foundation in 2009.
Trump said, “It is impossible to figure out where the Clinton Foundation ends and the State Department begins,” according to AP.
Regardless, he believed that the foundation was credible just seven years ago. Suddenly, his opinion has changed, as he continues to seek any excuse to criticize his Democratic opponent and try to reclaim the support of American voters.
Trump cannot condemn the Clinton Foundation justly because he is one of the foundation’s contributors. All of his arguments against Clinton surrounding the Foundation are, therefore, irrelevant to the 2016 Presidential Election.