Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Donald Trump Just Accused Ericsson Of Bribing Hillary Clinton

Via Business Insider:

During a rally in Ohio on Monday, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump accused Swedish telecom giant Ericsson of bribing his opponent Hillary Clinton.

He also urged for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton's involvement with the Clinton Foundation during her tenure as US secretary of state.

”No issue better illustrates how corrupt my opponent is than her pay-for-play scandals as Secretary of State”, Trump said.

As an example ot these scandals, Trump took a hit at Ericsson. This is what he said:

"In 2009, Ericsson telecommunications came under US pressure for selling telecom equipment to several oppressive governments – including Sudan, Syria and Iran. Some of these regimes used those technologies to monitor and control their own people. In June 2011, Hillary Clinton's State Department began adding goods and services to a list that might be covered under expanded sanctions on Iran and other state sponsors of terrorism. During that time, Ericsson sponsored a speech by Bill Clinton, paying him $750.000 – his highest paying speech. In April 2012, the Obama Administration issued an executive order imposing sanctions on telecom sales to Iran and Syria – but those sanctions did not cover Ericsson's work in Iran", he said and then declared that ”a Trump Administration will end the corruption”.

Ericsson has previously confirmed that it did pay for the Bill Clinton speech in 2011 just a few weeks after Mrs. Clinton released the sanctions list that excluded Ericsson. However, the company denies that it was linked to any favours in exchange.

"The investment was significant but should be seen in light of [his] perceived crowd pull, the location and an engagement that spanned two days", Ericsson spokesperson Karin Hallstan told Washington Times in 2015.

"The conversation regarding Iran that you refer to had no impact on this decision and was not considered by the event team", Hallstan said.

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