Yes, you can interview Ivanka Trump, but only if you ask her pre-arranged softball questions!
Ivanka Trump cut short an interview with Cosmopolitan published Wednesday after being asked about some of Donald Trump’s past comments about childcare and maternity leave.
Trump criticized the interviewer for having “a lot of negativity” in her questions.
Trump had hoped to highlight the Republican presidential nominee’s new childcare policy, which she helped craft and introduce this week.
But Ivanka bristled when interviewer Prachi Gupta asked, “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 about those comments, and perhaps what has changed?”
Then Ivanka said, “So I think that you have a lot of negativity in these questions. 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.”
She said the question was “an unfair characterization of his track record and his support of professional women.”
Gupta continued, “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.”
Ivan replied, “Well, you said he made those comments. I don’t know that he said those comments.”
Presented with the source of her father’s quote — an NBC interview in 2004 — Trump shot back that “there’s plenty of time for you to editorialize around this,” and again pitched the campaign’s new childcare policy, saying, “I hope that regardless of what your political viewpoint is, this should be celebrated.”
Trump also clashed with Gupta when asked why the campaign’s paid leave proposal didn’t apply to gay couples or include paternity leave. She said that the reason the proposal wouldn’t include to those groups is that “the original intention of the plan is to help mothers in recovery in the immediate aftermath of childbirth.”
Gupta clarified, “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 said: “Well, those are your words, not mine. Those are your words. The plan, right now, is focusing on mothers, whether they be in same-sex marriages or not.”
Shortly thereafter, Ivanka cut the interview off. “I’m going to jump off — I have to run. I apologize,” Trump said.