Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonState cites 38 people for violations in Clinton email review Trump campaign to hold rallies in Mississippi, Kentucky Biden struggles to reverse fall MORE's campaign manager on Wednesday blasted a report claiming that half of the people the Democratic presidential nominee met with outside the government while she served as secretary of State were Clinton Foundation donors.


"By our count, there were over 1,700 other meetings that she had," Robby Mook said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"She was secretary of State. She was meeting with foreign officials and government officials constantly, so to pull all of them out of the equation, cherry-pick a very small number of meetings, is pretty outrageous."

The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that at least 85 of the 154 people who met with or had phone conversations with Clinton had donated to the Clinton Foundation — either directly or through companies or groups.

The 85 donors contributed $156 million to the charity, according to the report.

Mook on Wednesday cited some of the people named in the article who had donated to the Clinton Foundation, including Melinda Gates, the co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Muhammad Yunus, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient.

He said Melinda and Bill Gates are "recognized around the world as experts at public health issues." Yunus, he said, is a "world-renowned Nobel Prize-winning economist who is an expert in micro-finance."

"That makes perfect sense for her to meet with him," Mook said.

"At every juncture the foundation set up the highest possible standards to prevent any conflict of interest," Mook said, "and the State Department itself has said that there was no conflict of interest."