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Goldman CEO on Trump: No, I’m not part of an international conspiracy

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The head of Goldman Sachs said Wednesday that despite what Donald Trump says, he is not part of an international conspiracy to undermine the United States.

Lloyd Blankfein, the chairman and CEO of the Wall Street giant, dismissed Trump’s recent conspiracy-heavy rhetoric as a “waste of time.”

“If there is some international ‘kabbalah’ group, once again I’m left out of the party,” he told CNBC.

{mosads}Earlier this month, Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, railed against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and other powerful forces, arguing that emails from her top aide published by WikiLeaks revealed that she “meets in secret with international banks to plot the destruction of U.S. sovereignty in order to enrich global financial powers.”

Trump was referring in part to transcripts of speeches Clinton gave to Wall Street firms, including Goldman, that were leaked in campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails. The Clinton campaign has refused to verify the accuracy of the leaked emails, while the government has officially accused Russia of engaging in hacking in an attempt to alter the presidential election.

Blankfein dismissed Trump’s comments as extreme rhetoric coming in the midst of a heated presidential campaign.

“This is a moment of time where it’s just a very extreme moment,” he said. “We weren’t doing it. We weren’t meeting in secret, and we certainly weren’t plotting the destruction.”

Clinton was pressed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the Democratic primaries over taking hefty speaking fees to appear before institutions such as Goldman. The leaked transcripts reveal Clinton discussing various global policy topics with Goldman officials and include some exchanges that could be seen as somewhat friendly to an industry that remains unpopular, particularly on the left.

For example, in an October 2013 speech before Goldman, Clinton said Congress pursued the Dodd-Frank financial reform law “for political reasons,” noting the huge public anger toward Wall Street after the financial crisis and the need for a policy response.

Blankfein said he has no plans to leave the Wall Street bank anytime soon.

“Not unless there is some international cabal who is meeting behind closed doors, plotting my destruction,” he joked.

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