Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Friday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "should be ashamed" of the Clinton Foundation accepting foreign donations from countries where women lack basic rights. The potential Republican presidential candidate said it would be difficult to run as the first woman to potentially be president while her foundation takes money from such countries.
"I'm calling today for Hillary Clinton to return the money to Saudi Arabia," Paul said on Concord News Radio "There's a war on women and it's in Saudi Arabia, and frankly you can be raped in Saudi Arabia and then publicly lashed for inappropriately being in a car with a man. I think frankly Hillary Clinton should be ashamed of taking the money and I'm calling today for her to return that money from Saudi Arabia and I'm calling today for her to return the money to Saudi Arabia, to Brunei, to United Arab Emirates, to all of these countries that don't give women in the basic ability to have the rights in court and voting or on juries."
Paul called the Clinton Foundation taking money from foreign countries "an anchor that will drag Hillary Clinton down."
"It will be very difficult for her to run as the first woman candidate who could be president and to run on women's rights issues when she's been getting money from countries who have a terrible human's rights record, a terrible women's rights record. And frankly it's a little hard for her to explain -- in Brunei, if you commit adultery you are stoned to death, and she takes money from Brunei. She should immediately send all of that money back to Brunei and say, 'I can't accept it because I can't accept a country that doesn't let women vote, appear on juries, and allow women to be stoned to death for adultery.' That, I can't imagine that there is not an enormous clamor for Hillary Clinton to send that money back."
The Wall Street Journal earlier this month found that after Clinton left the State Department in 2014, the Clintons' foundation quietly started taking donations from foreign countries again.
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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