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Fiorina: Clinton Thinks Transparency Questions ‘Illegitimate’

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Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and potential 2016 presidential candidate Carly Fiorina argued that Hillary Clinton “thinks a question about transparency is illegitimate” and that “if the Clinton Foundation were a publicly-traded company, none of that would hold up” on Wednesday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.”

“I also think this will not deter Hillary Clinton from running, because I think she believes this is a tempest in a teapot. I think she believes that maybe, once again, this is a vast right-wing conspiracy set out to challenge her and her husband. I don’t think, honestly, she understands why this is an issue. And I think her failure to understand it is an example, once again, of her lack of leadership, because leaders understand that transparency is vital. Leaders cannot be trusted if they are not transparent. People want to know ‘can I trust your character, can I trust your competence, can I trust your motivation?’ And the only way to build that trust over time is to be transparent enough that people say ‘oh, I see your actions are consistent over time, your actions match your words, you do what you say you’re going to do.’ So I think she thinks a question about transparency is illegitimate. A leader knows that transparency is a requirement” she stated.

Fiorina continued, commenting on the Clinton Foundation’s acceptance of foreign donations that, “if the Clinton Foundation were a publicly-traded company, none of that would hold up. And yes, it’s very murky, and you certainly get the distinct impression that while President Clinton talks about ‘you have to be as transparent as possible and just let everybody know everything,’ it’s clear that’s actually not the case. This is yet another example of do as we say, not as we do. And of course, what we do know about the Clinton Foundation is deeply troubling. It’s deeply troubling that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, while she was Secretary of State, the Foundation is not only taking donations from governments with an extremely spotty record on human rights, but that certain things happened in conjunction with those governments not very long thereafter. It’s extremely murky.”

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