Earlier this week, Hillary Clinton harshly criticized three countries for directly funding terrorists who are actively seeking to attack the United States and Western Europe. The governments of this trio of nations have contributed between $16 million and $40 million to the Clinton Foundation.
Clinton sharply denounced the three countries — Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar — in a speech in Cleveland on Monday. It was her first public speech after Saturday night’s terrorist massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla.
“Efforts to defeat ISIS on the battlefield must succeed,” Clinton said. “But it will take more than that.”
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee then identified “three areas that demand attention” if America is to thwart future terrorist attacks. The third of these areas, Clinton said, is the prevention of “efforts by ISIS and other international terrorist networks to recruit in the United States and Europe.”
“For starters, it is long past time for the Saudis, the Qataris and the Kuwaitis and others to stop their citizens from funding extremist organizations,” Clinton declared. “And they should stop supporting radical schools and mosques around the world that have set too many young people on a path towards extremism.”
The governments of all three of the countries which Clinton blamed for funding terrorism have contributed very lavishly to the Clinton Foundation.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has given the Clinton Foundation an unspecified amount between $10 million and $25 million, according to the nonprofit’s records.
The State of Kuwait has donated between $5 million and $10 to the Clinton Foundation.
The State Of Qatar has given the Clinton Foundation between $1 million and $5 million.
“The Clinton Foundation’s impact would not be possible without the generous support of our donors and grantors,” the Clinton Foundation explains.
“Their generosity makes our work possible and we thank them.”
Hillary Clinton did not mention the prodigal donations to the Clinton Foundation from the Saudis, the Qataris and the Kuwaitis when she criticized them this week.
In 2015, the annual budget of the Clinton Foundation was over $223 million, according to The Washington Post.
While Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, Clinton Foundation officials used an obscure New York state charity board filing to disclose that the nonprofit received nearly $17.7 million in donations from foreign governments.
During Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State, the foundation operated in at least 29 countries, including places that contained rampant corruption such as Nigeria, Uganda, Ukraine, Haiti, Mozambique, China and South Africa.
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