Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders criticized the Clinton Foundation for accepting donations from foreign governments in an interview aired Sunday, calling it a conflict of interest.
“Do I have a problem when a sitting secretary of State and a foundation run by her husband collects many, many dollars from foreign governments — governments which are dictatorships?
“Yeah, I do have a problem with that. Yeah, I do,” Sanders said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
When host Jake Tapper asked if he thought it was a conflict of interest, Sanders said, “I do.”
Sanders and Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, a former secretary of State and the wife to former President Bill Clinton, are locked in a tight battle ahead of Tuesday’s presidential primaries.
The Clinton Foundation, a nonprofit established by Bill Clinton to implement development programs in third-world countries, has received donations from countries including Saudi Arabia. The kingdom gave between $10 million and $25 million to the foundation between the time the foundation was created through 2014, according to Politifact, though it stopped giving when she was secretary of State.