Bill Clinton Defends His $500,000 Speaking Fees: 'I Got to Pay Our Bills'
"I work hard on these," he said of his lucrative speeches
The former commander-in-chief told NBC’s Cynthia McFadden that he gives the speeches “to pay our bills,” adding that he would continue to give them while his wife, Hillary Clinton, runs for president.
“I work hard on these,” he said. “I spend a couple hours a day just doing the research. People like to hear me speak – and I’ve turned down a lot of them.”
He added: “If I think there’s something wrong with it, I don’t take it, and I do disclose who gave them to me so people can make up their own mind.”
He went on to defend donations given by foreign governments to his family’s foundation, in particular a multimillion-dollar donation from Saudi Arabia.
“I don’t think I did anything that was against the interests of the United States,” he said, refusing to give any credence to perceptions of influence peddling. “I’m not responsible for anybody else’s perceptions.”