Ivanka Trump cut off a phone interview with Cosmopolitan magazine after being asked to comment on her father’s statement that pregnancy was “inconvenient” for business, the magazine reported on Wednesday.
“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,” she said shortly before the interview’s conclusion, according to an exchange published in the report.
The interview first got contentious when the interviewer, Prachi Gupta, asked Trump if her father’s child care plan — announced earlier this week — would apply to male same-sex couples.
“The policy is fleshed out online, so you can go see all the elements of it,” Trump said. “But the original intention of the plan is to help mothers in recovery in the immediate aftermath of childbirth.”
But as Jesse Berney reported for the magazine, that is not true:
Only mothers can apply for the unemployment insurance. Fathers are left out completely. But it isn’t just us heteronormative dads who aren’t covered. His plan makes no mention of LGBT relationships. Two dads adopting a kid? No leave for you. (In fact, the maternity leave policy doesn’t mention adoptive parents at all.) If a newborn has two moms, are they both eligible for unemployment insurance? What if, god forbid, a mother dies in childbirth? Can a single dad apply for leave to take care of his newborn child, or does his gender mean he’s out of luck? (Needless to say, the Republican nominee’s plan doesn’t address questions of transgender or nonbinary parents.)
Gupta pressed Trump on the issue, asking, “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?”
“Those are your words, not mine,” Trump replied. “Those are your words. The plan, right now, is focusing on mothers, whether they be in same-sex marriages or not.”
Trump also dodged when Gupta brought up her father’s remarks regarding pregnancy to NBC News in 2004, when he called it “a wonderful thing for the woman, it’s a wonderful thing for the husband, it’s certainly an inconvenience for a business. And whether people want to say that or not, the fact is it is an inconvenience for a person that is running a business.”
After accusing Gupta of “negativity,” Trump praised her father’s plan and said, “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.”
“I would like to say that I’m sorry the questions — you’re finding them negative, but it is relevant that a presidential candidate made those comments, so I’m just following up,” Gupta responded.
“Well, you said he made those comments,” the younger Trump insisted. “I don’t know that he said those comments.”
Shortly afterward, Gupta asked the Trump Organization executive how her father would pay for the plan if elected, given that he has also promised to build a “wall” across the US-Mexico border, as well as increase defense and infrastructure spending while also cutting taxes.
Trump said it would be part of her father’s “overall budget and economic vision,” and will be included in a tax policy speech the Republican presidential nominee is slated to give on Thursday.
At that point, she concluded the interview, saying, “I’m going to jump off, I have to run. I apologize.”