Clinton defends family foundation

Published 10:26 am Friday, August 26, 2016

NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton defended her family’s foundation on Friday, saying that the charitable work it has conducted is in line with American values.

The Democratic presidential nominee suggested in an interview that the group’s programs would continue, perhaps through other organizations, even as critics argue it would present a conflict of interest if she’s elected president.

“The work has been not only transformational, it has really been in line with American interests and values,” she said in an interview with MSNBC’s”Morning Joe.” ‘’And we’re going to do everything we can to make sure that good work continues.”

Email newsletter signup

Her comments followed Clinton’s speech in Nevada in which she accused rival Donald Trump of unleashing the”radical fringe” within the Republican Party, including anti-Semites and white supremacists. She dubbed the billionaire businessman’s campaign as one that will”make America hate again.”

Trump rejected Clinton’s allegations, defending his hard-line approach to immigration while making the case that she was trying to distract from questions swirling around donations to The Clinton Foundation and her use of her private email servers.

“She lies, she smears, she paints decent Americans as racists,” Trump said, in a Thursday address.

Clinton said she doesn’t expect any more political distractions to arise from her use of a private server. She promised to put in place additional safeguards to prevent conflicts of interest with her foundation should she win the White House.

“I appreciate the concerns that people have expressed and that’s why I have made it clear that if I’m successful in November we are going to be taking additional steps,” she said.

The back-and-forth accusations came as the two candidates vie for minorities and any undecided voters. With just weeks before the first early voting, Trump faces the urgent task of revamping his image to win over those skeptical of his candidacy.

Clinton is eager to capitalize on Trump’s slipping poll numbers, particularly among moderate Republican women turned off by his controversial campaign.”Don’t be fooled” by Trump’s efforts to rebrand, she told voters Thursday, saying the United States faced a”moment of reckoning.”

“He’s taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over one of America’s two major political parties,” she said.