Trump defends the Clinton Foundation: “Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt”
Even Sean Hannity, the loyal puppet and servant for the Trump campaign, was horrified.
Donald Trump urged the American people to give Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation “the benefit of the doubt” when it comes to questions surrounding the money they have received from foreign countries.
Trump sounded reluctant to go after Clinton in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, which the pro-Trump host aired on Wednesday.
“We know that gays and lesbians in Saudi Arabia can get the death penalty … would you ever take money from a country that treats gays, lesbians, Jews and Christians that way?” Hannity asked.
“Well you don’t want to do that and if they knew about it that would be one thing and I assume they knew about it, bigly, but certainly they know about it now so maybe they can give the money back,” Trump said, as the crowd laughed at his answer.
“Wait a minute, they knew about it,” Hannity interrupted, “because that has been Saudi Arabia’s practice for years.”
“But you know what, let’s give them the benefit of the doubt. They certainly knew —” Trump said before Hannity cut him off.
“You’re going to give Hillary the benefit of the doubt?” Hannity interjected. “I’m not.”
“You know what, you know what, they should give the money back,” Trump responded.
Trump also appeared to soften his stance on building a wall along America’s southern border and repealing Obamacare. Near the end of the hour-long pro-Trump broadcast, Hannity asked Trump about the confidence he had that he would actually deliver on his campaign promises.
“How certain does the wall get built? How certain does Obamacare get repealed?” Hannity asked.
“You can never say 100 percent, but I’m telling you pretty close to 100 percent the wall gets built,” Trump responded. “We need it.”
Hannity later followed up on Trump’s willingness to demolish Obamacare and solicited Trump’s response to the statement, “You will repeal Obamacare and protect our Second Amendment rights.”
“You know Obamacare’s dying of its own volition,” Trump answered without acknowledging whether he would try to repeal it.
Trump’s interview with Hannity was originally scheduled to air on Tuesday night, but was postponed so that the Fox News channel could broadcast a Trump rally in Wisconsin live. The GOP nominee’s remarks to Hannity came as he prepared to bring in two top aides to help him right the ship, including conservative pollster Kellyanne Conway as his campaign manager and Breitbart.com’s Steve Bannon as Trump campaign CEO.