Change of plans this year: Obama snubs regular Clinton Global Initiative gathering

President Obama has been there, done that, and he isn’t doing it again.

Obama will skip the September gathering of the Clinton Global Initiative, which is shuttering.

“The president has spoken at their gathering several times and has expressed how much he values the work being done by the foundation around the world,” a White House official told Politico.

Obama will be in New York during the CGI annual meeting, but he’ll be attending the United National General Assembly meeting and other events. The CGI gathering had been an annual stop for Obama until Hillary Clinton launched her presidential campaign in April 2015.

The Clinton Foundation, which runs the Clinton Global Initiative, is drawing heat for a questionable “pay-to-play” scheme that granted access to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, allegedly in exchange for large donations to the foundation.

Former President Bill Clinton said if his wife should defeat Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in November’s general election, he’ll stop raising foreign and corporate money for the foundation. But he is closing the CGI gathering of business and world leaders entirely.

Trump on Tuesday called for “immediate investigation” into the myriad scandal surrounding Clinton and pledged to name a special prosecutor should he defeat his Democratic rival in November.

The unnamed White House official told Politico the questions about the Clinton Foundation and CGI had “nothing to do with the decision” to have Obama skip the meeting with the Clinton cabal.

 

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