President Bill Clinton spoke to about 170 community and faith leaders inside the Miramar Civic Center on Wednesday, weighing in on the controversy surrounding Donald Trump and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and the importance of Broward County in this year’s election.
The former president said he’s impressed with the growth in the city of Miramar.
“It’s unbelievable,” he said. “You should be so proud of it.”
Clinton met with community leaders, shook the hands of police officers and greeted city workers after a 30 minute speech urging voters to elect his wife in order to continue moving America forward.
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“We should embrace our diversity, not divide and conquer,” said Clinton. “Our relative youth and our diversity are the biggest advantages the United States has in the economy that we’re living in, in the world.”
Clinton also spoke about the fine Trump paid to the IRS after giving Bondi a $25,000 dollar donation from his charitable foundation.
The donation came, reports say, just as Bondi’s office was weighing whether to investigate Trump University over fraud claims.
Bondi decided not to pursue the case.
“He needs to answer for that,” Clinton said. “If you put money in a foundation it means that’s not taxable and you can’t get political contribution for that. I think the facts are there.”
Clinton defended his Clinton Foundation after Trump attacked it, saying the organization has received top ratings and has saved lives and created jobs.
“He developed a kind of pattern of attacking Hillary and me for something he had done, that he knew he was about to be outed on, and maybe that’s what happened.”