After Donald Trump unveiled a proposed child care and maternity policy this week, Cosmo’s Prachi Gupta asked Ivanka about comments her father made in 2004, when he said pregnancy is “certainly an inconvenience for a business.”
“Whether people want to say that or not, the fact is it is an inconvenience for a person that is running a business,” Donald Trump told “Dateline NBC” then.
Ivanka Trump wouldn’t acknowledge that her father had made that statement.
“Well, you said he made those comments,” she told Cosmo. “I don’t know that he said those comments.”
Ivanka also accused Gupta of editorializing and having “a lot of negativity” in her questions. She ended the interview soon after, saying: “I’m going to jump off, I have to run. I apologize.”
Throughout the interview, Ivanka touted her father’s plan as a good option, saying there are “no proposals on the table” from anyone else when it comes to child care.
She dodged talking about the fact that Donald Trump’s plan omits proposals for paternity leave or paid leave for adoptive parents, particularly same-sex couples. She argued the “original intention of the plan is to help mothers in recovery in the immediate aftermath of childbirth.”
Ivanka Trump has spent the week talking up her father’s plan, at one point claiming that the Trump Organization provided all of its thousands of employees with paid maternity leave. The Huffington Post confirmed that’s not true.
UPDATE: 7:35 p.m. ― Ivanka weighed in on the Cosmo interview in a series of tweets Thursday afternoon.
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.
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