Donald Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, normally known for her level-headedness, became so irritated during an interview with Cosmopolitan that she abruptly ended it by walking out of the room.
Prachi Gupta’s interview with Ivanka came shortly after the Republican presidential nominee’s announcement of his maternity leave proposal, a subject near and dear to his daughter’s heart.
But it soon disintegrated into a denouncement of the billionaire as a misogynist.
The interview began civilly enough, with Gupta pressing Trump on how the proposal might apply to same-sex couples.
“So it’s meant to benefit, whether it’s in same-sex marriages as well, to benefit the mother who has given birth to the child if they have legal married status under the tax code,” Trump explained.
“Well, what about gay couples, where both partners are men?” Gupta asked.
“The policy is fleshed out online, so you can go see all the elements of it,” Trump said, adding, “but the original intention of the plan is to help mothers in recovery in the immediate aftermath of childbirth.”
Apparently, Gupta’s primary request for the interview had little or little to do with maternity leave — she segued to a 2002 remark the presidential candidate made — that although pregnancy is “wonderful,” it’s also an “inconvenience” to business.
At that point the Trump trait for speaking one’s mind — usually displayed by the father — came out in the daughter.
“So 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,” Trump told the reporter. “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 that notwithstanding anything her father had said in the past, one should look to his record — actions speak louder than words.
“My father obviously has a track record of decades of employing women at every level of his company, and supporting women, and supporting them in their professional capacity, and enabling them to thrive outside of the office and within,” she continued. “To imply otherwise is an unfair characterization of his track record and his support of professional women.”
Gupta apologized for the “negative” questions but claimed they were “relevant: and she was “just following up.”
“Well, you said he made those comments,” Trump said. “I don’t know that he said those comments.”
When Gupta then questioned how the plan would be financed, Trump said that would be revealed Thursday as a part of his tax reform package. She then cut the interview short.
“I’m going to jump off, I have to run,” Trump said. “I apologize.”
Social media was all over this.
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Cosmo did a tougher interview with Ivanka than any network morning show has ever done. Period. https://t.co/xfFHnwwG2k
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So what do you think? Was the questioning fair or unfair?
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