Bill Clinton defends his charity's foreign government donors

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton speaks during the Clinton Global Initiative's 2015 Winter Meeting in New YorkBy Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) – Former U.S. president Bill Clinton on Saturday defended donations his family’s charity receives from foreign governments after renewed criticism that they would create conflicts of interest should his wife, Hillary Clinton, run for president. Clinton said it was possible to work with foreign governments even if one disagrees with some things they do, and that it was acceptable for them to donate to the Clinton Foundation if the donations are publicly disclosed. It was one of several new foreign governments, including Canada and Saudi Arabia, that have begun giving to the foundation since Hillary Clinton, who is on the cusp of announcing a run for the presidency as a Democrat in 2016, stepped down as U.S. secretary of state two years ago. Before she took office in 2009, the Clintons and the Department of State agreed that foreign governments that already supported the foundation, such as Oman, Australia and Qatar, could not increase their contributions, and that no new foreign governments could begin contributing.

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