Question

Bill and Hillary Clinton profited immensely from their relationship with the Swiss bank UBS … but not for nothing. When UBS ran afoul of the IRS, Madam Secretary of State fixed it for them. Subsequently UBS paid the former president $1.5 million in “speaking fees” and donated $600,000 to the Clinton Foundation. Only a fool (or a Democrat) would claim that there was absolutely no quid pro quo.

Donald Trump, the front-running “Republican” presidential candidate, admits that as a businessman he donated freely to the Clinton Foundation in exchange for access and influence, because that’s what a businessman does. It’s all about “the art of the deal,” right? Trump is being praised for his honesty, in contrast to the other candidates on this issue. Fair enough, I suppose.

Tonight during the prime-time debate, I hope that one of the journalists at Fox News, or one of the other candidates, asks the bombastic Mr. Trump what he got out of the deal from such “donations” to the Clintons and other politicians. Maybe it was “help” with the IRS, or an airport, or relief from regulations. Taxpayers (and voters) have a right to know.

Trump has made a living out of attacking the character and competence of his Republican opponents while speaking in glittering generalities about his own record. Let’s see if “The Donald” can handle a tough question about his own conduct.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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