Ivanka Trump’s efforts to help roll out her father’s new childcare policy proposal and to make his candidacy more palatable to young women took an unexpected turn when she abruptly walked out of an interview with Cosmopolitan Wednesday after being asked about Donald Trump’s past comments about maternity leave.
According to CNN, the Republican presidential nominee daughter had hoped to highlight the new childcare policy, which she helped craft and introduce this week. But she 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?”
“I think that you have a lot of negativity in these questions,” Ivanka said before adding: “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.”
Ivanka then argued that the question was “an unfair characterization of his track record and his support of professional women.”
But Gupta pressed on: “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.”
Ivanka: “Well, you said he made those comments. I don’t know that he said those comments.”
When Gupta showed her the source of her father’s quote — an NBC interview in 2004 — Ivanka said “there’s plenty of time for you to editorialize around this,” and again pitched the campaign’s new childcare policy.
Gupta, however, pivoted to asking her about how Donald Trump proposed to pay for some of his most expensive policy proposals — such as the border wall with Mexico, infrastructure investment, and increased defense spending. That’s when an irritated Ivanka cut the interview off saying:
“I’m going to jump off — I have to run. I apologize,” Trump said as she was leaving.