Bill Clinton on Donald Trump: He Supported Hillary, and The Clinton Foundation
Democrats may be excited about Trump's entry into the 2016 presidential race
Bill Clinton had some nice things to say about Donald Trump, the newest Republican presidential candidate, in an interview Wednesday night on The Daily Show. E! Online reports:
"He has been, believe it or not, uncommonly nice to Hillary and me," Clinton replied. "He thought Hillary was a good senator for New York after 9/11 and he has actually, he's one of the many Republicans who supported our foundation before they got the memo."
Republican lawmakers had last month asked the IRS to find out if the Clinton Foundation complied with the terms of its tax-exempt status and the group has said it planned to refile at least three years' worth of tax returns after errors were found in how they reported donations from governments, Reuters had reported.
Trump had invited Bill and Hillary to his wedding to third wife Melania in Palm Beach, Florida in 2005. Bill and Trump had also gone golfing together with fellow famous friends such as former New York City mayors Rudy Giuliani, also an ex-presidential candidate, and Michael Bloomberg, at a tournament at the Trump National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor, New York in 2008.
Between 2002 and 2006, Trump donated a total of $6,200 to Hillary's campaign for Senate re-election and in 2007 and 2008, he donated $4,600 to her first presidential campaign.
Politico reports that Trump gave a total of $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation, which has found its financial practices under scrutiny in the run up to the 2016 election, and $25,000 to the national Democrats' congressional efforts in 2006, when Democrats took over the House and Senate. Donald Trump could say he knows how to pick a winner. In the 2012 election cycle, the last time Trump flirted with a presidential run, the real estate mogul noted "everyone is Democratic" in New York, which doesn't quite explain the donations to national Democrats. Politico notes Trump has given exclusively to Republican campaigns since 2012.
Trump is polling at an average of 3.6 percent in a field with more than a dozen candidates. Bill Clinton isn't the only Democrat that welcomed Trump into the race. The Democratic National Committee said "Trump adds some much-needed seriousness that has previously been lacking from the GOP field, and we look forward to hearing more about his ideas for the nation." Careful what you wish for.