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FILE - In this June 10, 2015 file photo, former U.S. President Bill Clinton speaks at annual gathering of the Clinton Global Initiative America, which is a part of The Clinton Foundation, in Denver. More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money, either personally or through companies or groups, to the Clinton Foundation. It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Bill Clinton defends Clinton Foundation, says it creates jobs, saves lives


Former president Bill Clinton spoke out Wednesday in defense of his family's foundation.

His response comes after an Associated Press report revealed more than half of the non-government officials who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money to the Clinton Foundation.

"We're trying to do good things," Bill Clinton said.

"If there's something wrong with creating jobs and saving lives, I don't know what it is. The people who gave the money knew exactly what they were doing. I have nothing to say about it except that I'm really proud. I'm proud of what they've done."

Bill Clinton said changes at the foundation are needed if his wife is elected president.

Changes will include no longer accepting corporate and foreign donations.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has criticized Hillary Clinton for the links between her foundation and the State Department, accusing the Clintons of establishing "a business to profit from public office."

Clinton said the foundation has begun looking for partners to take over some of its work in preparation for November.

That type of transition "takes a reasonable amount of time," he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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