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Trump dubs Clinton Foundation a 'corrupt enterprise' and calls on Hillary to shut it down


Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Monday called on his rival to shut down the Clinton Foundation.

The non-profit, created by Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton after he left the White House, has raised nearly $2 billion from individuals, companies, and foreign governments to support humanitarian causes around the world.

However, the Clintons have been dogged by suggestions the Foundation's donors were trying to benefit politically or financially from their donations.

Trump has called the Foundation "the most corrupt enterprise in political history."

No foreign donations

The Foundation announced last week it will stop accepting foreign donations and corporate money if Hillary Clinton becomes president.

While she was secretary of state, the Foundation said it would not accept donations from foreign governments and would disclose donors, to minimize the potential for conflicts of interest.

It was later revealed the Foundation didn't fully live up to that vow -- some donors were not disclosed and it accepted money from people tied to foreign governments, though not the governments themselves. 

'Ongoing conflict'

Republicans attacked the new policy as an admission that the Foundation poised a conflict of interest while Clinton was secretary of state.

"If everything was above-board while Hillary Clinton ran the State Department, as the Clintons have said, then why change a thing?" RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement.

"The fact that the Clinton Foundation and its entities continue to accept foreign donations while Hillary Clinton runs for the White House is a massive, ongoing conflict of interest."

Trump's son Eric also attacked the decision. 

Podesta turns the tables on Trump

Clinton's campaign responded to Trump broadside with a statement from John Podesta, the chair of the campaign. "The Foundation has already laid out the unprecedented steps the charity will take if Hillary Clinton becomes president," wrote Podesta.

Podesta also used Trump's attack against Trump. "He must commit to fully divesting himself from all of his business conflicts to ensure that he is not letting his own financial interests affect decisions made by his potential administration."

Charity or influence?

Recently released emails show that at times, Clinton Foundation staffers tried to get State Department meetings for Foundation donors. The Clinton campaign has maintained the Foundation is about charity, and was not involved in influence peddling.

The non-profit has also come under fire for accepting donations from people with business before the State Department, like accepting donations from people with a stake in a uranium company that needed government approval to be sold to the Russians.

Should the Clinton Foundation be shuttered?

Trump's call to shutter the Clinton Foundation ensures that the controversy is not going to disappear anytime soon.

What's your take on the Foundation?

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