Donald Trump Holds a Baby as He Reveals Paid Leave and Childcare Plans for Moms
Donald Trump unveiled several policy proposals for lowering child-care costs on Tuesday
Among the plans is a scheme to give new moms six weeks of paid maternity leave, according to The Washington Post.
The GOP nominee’s daughter appeared on Good Morning America Wednesday to declare their child-care plan is “long overdue” in the United States.
Ivanka Trump also took aim at her father’s opponent Hillary Clinton – saying that despite decades in public office the Clintons have failed to enact better childcare policies.
Clinton has outlined a plan including longer family leave and paternity leave after a new baby.
“Respectfully, Clinton has been around for decades and there’s no policy benefiting either mothers or fathers in terms of paid leave,” Ivanka Trump stated.
She continued, “Certainly she had opportunity to have a concept like that in the past. We have not been in public office for the last several decades and she has, so she could have instituted some of those policies in that role and has not done so.”
Ivanka also highlighted the fact that the Trump Organization has paid maternity leave as well as adoption leave. Her own company gives new mothers eight weeks paid leave, a benefit she claimed only 10 percent of American businesses offer.
In a speech delivered in Aston, Pennsylvania, Trump proposed the maternity leave policy to mothers who don’t already receive leave from their employer.
“We need working mothers to be fairly compensated for their work, and to have access to affordable, quality child care for their kids,” said Trump.
After his speech, Trump held up a baby, 18-month-old boy named Tristan, from the crowd.
His policies mark a change from the conservative GOP ideals and the Republican presidential candidate appeared to be showing off a more softer side.
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According to a new poll from NBC News, Donald Trump continues to slowly close his gap with Clinton.
Clinton leads Trump by just four percentage points – 48 percent to 44 percent.
Clinton, the former Secretary of State and senator from New York, has proposed guaranteeing new parents 12 weeks of paid family leave – double Trump’s plan.
Ivanka Trump introduced her father in Pennsylvania Tuesday, marking her return to the campaign trail since she introduced her father at the Republican National Convention in July.
The 34-year-old high-ranking executive at the Trump Organization is a mother of three and married to investor Jared Kushner.
The Washington Post reported that the candidate’s daughter encouraged her father for weeks to outline policies that would appeal to families that feel overburdened.
She said she was “grateful” for having the means to raise her children and have a career, something most women didn’t have.
“This must change. As a society we need to create policies that champion all parents, enabling the American family to thrive,” she said.