Ivanka Trump Walks Out Of Interview After Questions About Anti-Gay Policies

"I think that you have a lot of negativity in these questions."

Ivanka Trump refused to acknowledge the anti-gay nature of her father’s newly proposed child care and maternity leave policies during an interview with Cosmopolitan this week.

Asked several times to clarify whether the new plan, which offers new mothers six weeks of paid maternity leave after giving birth, would also apply to same-sex couples where both parents were men, the 34-year-old businesswoman all but confirmed it would not.

Moments later, Trump walked out of the interview early, citing the interviewer’s “negative” tone during additional questions about Donald Trump’s previous disparaging comments about women.

Asked if she believed same-sex couples not being entitled to maternity or paternity leave could be seen as an equality issue, Trump repeatedly referred back to “the mother” of said child, refusing to state the obvious— that two men who have a child together simply wouldn’t be eligible to receive maternity or paternity leave under a Trump administration.

During the interview, Trump dodged the direct question a total of three more times:

Cosmopolitan: OK, so when it comes to same-sex—

Ivanka Trump: 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.

Well, what about gay couples, where both partners are men?

The policy is fleshed out online, so you can go see all the elements of it. But the original intention of the plan is to help mothers in recovery in the immediate aftermath of childbirth.

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?

Well, those are your words, not mine. [Laughs.] Those are your words. The plan, right now, is focusing on mothers, whether they be in same-sex marriages or not.

Ivanka ultimately left the interview after a few more probing questions about her father’s past comments, telling the interviewer “I think that you have a lot of negativity in these questions.”

Matthew Tharrett is a writer, filmmaker, and above all else, a Britney fan. He once shared a milkshake with Selena Gomez.
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