The billionaire mogul Donald TrumpDonald TrumpCheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump Republicans criticizing Afghan refugees face risks DeVos says 'principles have been overtaken by personalities' in GOP MORE says Bill and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll MORE personally approached him about making donations to the Clinton Foundation.
“Both of them,” Trump said on Thursday evening when The Daily Mail asked if the Clintons had directly asked for contributions. He added that he wasn’t promised any favors.
“But they do kiss my ass,” he quipped.
Trump, who is considering a run for the White House in 2016, reportedly gave at least $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
Gifts to the foundation were thrust into the spotlight this week after ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos acknowledged giving $75,000 to the organization. Stephanopoulos did not disclose those contributions during a tense on-air interview with Peter Schweizer, the author of Clinton Cash, which questions whether donors who gave to the foundation tried to curry favor with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of State.
Trump said he was not satisfied with some of the foundation’s recent activities.
“I wish they would spend the money more wisely. And certainly I wish they would not spend it on themselves,” he said, citing former President Clinton and his daughter Chelsea Clinton’s recent visit to Africa.
“It’s supposed to be for good causes, not for luxury airplane flights,” he added.
Trump additionally argued his donations did not disqualify him from criticizing Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination in 2016.
“Nobody has been tougher on her than I have,” he said.
“I haven’t given her money,” he added. “I’ve given her foundation money to be used properly.”
Trump said he plans on making a final decision on a White House run “in June.”