Bill Clinton wants more countries to “behave” like the United Arab Emirates, a Clinton Foundation donor that has been accused of funding terrorism, emails published by WikiLeaks reveal.
Clinton made the remarks at a fundraising event in Madison, Wisconsin in November 2015. A transcript of the speech was included as an attachment in an email to top aides to the Hillary Clinton campaign.
The former president argued that, in order to defeat terrorist groups such as ISIS, the United States needed to prop up “positive role models” in the Middle East. He offered the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt as potential examples.
“We need more countries to behave like the UAE,” he said. “The UAE replaced Norway this year as the number one country in the world in the percentage of income they spend on development aid for poorer countries. There are more women than men in universities in Saudi Arabia. A new taxi company in Egypt just organized to compete with Uber.”
But we also, if you want it to last, in order to defeat them and then replace it with something that offers positive role models and positive expression. And we got to have more involvement from the states of the Middle East because there has never been what we take for granted here, that enables us to be diverse.
We have a separation of church and state. They have never had it. So we need more countries to behave like the UAE. The UAE replaced Norway this year as the number one country in the world in the percentage of income they spend on development aid for poorer countries. There are more women than men in universities in Saudi Arabia.
A new taxi company in Egypt just organized to compete with Uber. All of these young people who were part of the Arab Spring are trying to find some positive expression, some positive identity.
The UAE, along with Saudi Arabia, is a top foreign donor to the Clinton Foundation. UAE-linked entities have contributed as much as $11.5 million. The Saudi regime has donated up to $25 million, in additional to the $13.5 million it donated to the Clinton Library and the University of Arkansas.
While his wife was serving as secretary of state, Bill Clinton was paid $1 million for two speeches sponsored by the UAE government, and an additional $600,000 for speeches in Saudi Arabia.
Clinton’s claim that the UAE contributes such a large percentage of its income to “development aid for poorer countries” does not seem as impressive when you consider that most of the oil-rich nation’s charitable giving goes to the Clinton Foundation.
A McClatchy investigation in 2015 found that while Gulf nations such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE have donated tens of millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation since 2001, they have only contributed about $7 million to an array of non-governmental charities, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, during that same period.
Both Saudi Arabia and the UAE have been chastised — by Hillary Clinton, among others — for not doing enough to prevent their citizens from funding terrorist organizations. Both countries, as well as Egypt, have a documented history of human rights abuses.
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