“I think that you have a lot of negativity in these questions.”
Ivanka Trump awkwardly cut off an interview with Cosmopolitan this week when she was asked about her father’s 2004 comment regarding pregnancies being “inconvenient for businesses.”
The interview was about Trump’s labor law reform, which promises more accessible childcare and maternity leave.
The presidential nominee’s daughter helped write the new policy and explained to interviewer Prachi Gupta it’s a “huge advancement” for couples and there’s “tremendous benefit for mothers to recover after childbirth.”
But when Gupta asked the question as to whether the policy will consider paternity leave as well, things got tense, with Trump taking an unnecessarily defensive stand. Here’s what followed…
TRUMP: The policy is fleshed out online, so you can go see all the elements of it. But the original intention of the plan is to help mothers in recovery in the immediate aftermath of childbirth.
GUPTA: So I just want to be clear that, for same-sex adoption, where the two parents are both men, they would not be receiving special leave for that because they don’t need to recover or anything?
TRUMP: Well, those are your words, not mine. [Laughs.] Those are your words. The plan, right now, is focusing on mothers, whether they be in same-sex marriages or not.
GUPTA: In 2004, Donald Trump said that pregnancy is an inconvenient thing for a business. It’s surprising to see this policy from him today. Can you talk a little bit about those comments, and perhaps what has changed?
TRUMP: So I think that you have a lot of negativity in these questions, and I think my father has put forth a very comprehensive and really revolutionary plan to deal with a lot of issues. So I don’t know how useful it is to spend too much time with you on this if you’re going to make a comment like that.
Shortly after, Trump hung up on Gupta. “I’m going to jump off – I have to run. I apologize,” the 34 year-old said.
A few hours after the interview went live, Trump addressed the uncomfortable moment in a tweet directed at Cosmopolitan, saying, ‘Cosmopolitan, your readers do and should care about issues impacting women and children. Keep the focus where it belongs – advocating change.’
3/3:@Cosmopolitan, your readers do & should care about issues impacting women & children. Keep the focus where it belongs—advocating change.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) 15. September 2016
This is of course quite ironic, given that’s exactly what Gupta wanted to talk about. Including paternity leave in Trump’s policy would have been advocating change, and talking about Donald Trump’s possibly changed attitude towards pregnancy would have been a great opportunity for his daughter to show a more empathetic side of him.
Twitter users were quick to defend Cosmopolitan, saying the publication is indeed advocating change for both men and women.
— Macy Krzyznieski (@ColoradoZag13) 15. September 2016
The interview most likely didn’t help Donald Trump’s declining popularity amongst voters, though only time will tell the ultimate impact it will have on his chance to sit in the presidency seat. The election is due to take place on November 8.
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