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Ivanka Trump ditches ‘Cosmo’ interview after being confronted over dad’s sexist remarks

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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“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.

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At that point, she concluded the interview, saying, “I’m going to jump off, I have to run. I apologize.”


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Trump whistleblower needs to go directly to FBI because Bill Barr can’t be trusted: Ex-FBI director

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Appearing on MSNBC with host Alex Witt, former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi blew up Donald Trump's claim that he is the victim of a "Ukraine Witchhunt."

He then added that the whistleblower who went to the inspector general with a serious charge against the president should take what he has and go to the FBI within a week if nothing happens.

"We've got to get to the bottom of this, and we can't rely on leaks and certain reporters getting certain tidbits of information," the ex-FBI man explained. "This needs to be explored and it's likely this could end up in a criminal investigation."

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Trump took out DNI head Dan Coats to install a new acting director in charge of whistleblowers: CIA veteran

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Appearing on MSNBC's "AM Joy," a longtime veteran CIA official said the whistleblower, who ran to the inspector general with a complaint about Donald Trump asking Ukraine's president for dirt on Joe Biden, should expect the president and his aides to come after them.

Speaking with host Joy Reid, Jonna Mendez said she saw the first warnings signs that something was up in the U.S. intelligence community when the president forced DNI head Dan Coats and his top deputy out.

"Through the lens of someone who spent 27 years at the CIA, the thing that caught my eye instantly was Dan Coats' resignation follow by Sue Gordon," Mendez explained. "The fact that Dan Coats went into a meeting and said 'Sue, you've got to resign' and that she did, truncating a career that clearly hadn't reached its zenith."

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GOP’s cancellation of presidential primaries could blow up in Trump’s face — here’s why

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In recent weeks, Republican state party committees have been moving to cancel presidential primaries to prevent Never-Trump conservatives, like former Reps. Joe Walsh (R-IL) and Mark Sanford (R-SC) and former Gov. Bill Weld (R-MA), from challenging the president from the right. So far, Republicans in Arizona, Kansas, Nevada, and South Carolina have all announced they will scrap the voting process for 2020.

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