USA Today: Close down Clinton Foundation
© Getty Images

USA Today is calling for the Clinton Foundation to close down and transfer its charitable work to other groups.

ADVERTISEMENT

"The only way to eliminate the odor surrounding the foundation is to wind it down and put it in mothballs, starting today, and transfer its important charitable work to another large American charity such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation," the newspaper's editorial board wrote in a piece published late Wednesday.

"If Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Sarah Sanders says she was interviewed by Mueller's office Trump: I believe Obama would have gone to war with North Korea MORE doesn’t support these steps, she boosts Trump’s farcical presidential campaign and, if she’s elected, opens herself up to the same kind of pay-to-play charges that she was subject to as secretary of State."

USA Today joins other publications, as well as Republicans and some Democrats, who have called for the foundation to be shut down.

The foundation announced last week it would stop accepting foreign and corporate donations if Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton becomes president.

But the editorial called those changes inadequate.

USA Today dismissed Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonFor 2020, Democrats are lookin’ for somebody to love A year since Parkland: we have a solution Washington restaurant celebrates holiday with presidential drinks MORE's plans to "tighten the ethical safeguards for the Clinton Foundation, the family charity, to eliminate 'legitimate concerns about potential conflicts of interest.'"

"The plans range from the laughable to the laudable, and they are woefully incomplete," the editorial said.

If Hillary Clinton is elected president, the editorial said, she will face an "uphill battle to rebuild trust in government and find a way to get Washington working again."

"That task will be all the harder if millions of voters repulsed by Trump’s rhetoric and concerned with his volatile behavior find that his 'Crooked Hillary' taunt had some substance in fact," the editorial said.

"Bill Clinton argues that the foundation does vital work and that it 'should continue if Hillary is elected.' But if Hillary Clinton is inaugurated in January, there will be no more vital work for her than being president. The continued existence of the Clinton Foundation will be a distraction that America cannot afford."

Earlier this week, Trump and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' Pelosi dismisses GOP criticism of Omar: 'They do not have clean hands' Pence rips Omar's 'inadequate' apology for tweets criticized as anti-Semitic MOREcalled for the Clinton Foundation to be shut down immediately. Trump called the foundation the "most corrupt enterprise in political history."