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A White House spokesperson answered a select group of the questions sent by Fortune and Time’s Up via email. The following transcript of that exchange has been edited for length and clarity. In addition, President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign sent a statement, which we’ve printed in full.
Fortune/Time’s Up: Do you believe that the United States should have comprehensive paid family and medical leave and, if so, what is your proposal to make it happen?
White House spokesperson: Implementing paid family and medical leave for all Americans is a priority of the Trump administration. Just like a number of promises the President made during the campaign, he was recently able to deliver on paid leave for all U.S. government employees—a first and historic achievement. Under this administration, the country’s largest employer is setting an example that prioritizing families should be of utmost importance, and when they thrive, we all do.
How will you ensure that families who need it have access to safe, affordable childcare?
In December of last year, the President spoke at a White House summit, which included a large number of stakeholders, members of Congress, and others about this important issue. Adviser to the President Ivanka Trump has worked tirelessly over the last three years with members of the cabinet to hear from folks all over the country about what more the administration can do to ensure affordable childcare, and she spearheaded the increased funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant to over $2 billion. Ivanka was also key in ensuring that we double the child tax credit in our historic tax cuts from $1,000 to $2,000 per family. Through these actions and from the thousands put back in the pockets of everyday Americans, the President is empowering working families across this country.
Women in the U.S. earn 80 cents on white men’s dollar in wages, a gap that gets even wider for black women, Latinas, and Native American women. What is your plan to work with employers to close the pay and opportunity gap for women, including women of color, LGBTQ women, and working mothers?
This economy under President Trump has seen historically low unemployment and incredible wage growth across almost all demographics. Female unemployment has hit a 65-year low, while the unemployment rate for black Americans and Hispanic Americans is at an all-time low. Paychecks are growing at the fastest pace in a decade, and twice as fast for low- and middle-income Americans. The results speak for themselves.
President Trump’s reelection campaign responded to the Fortune/Time’s Up questions with the following statement:
“President Trump has done more for working parents than any president in modern history. Thanks to President Trump, the unemployment rate has hit generational lows. Female unemployment has hit a 65-year low while the unemployment rate for black Americans and Hispanic Americans is at an all-time low. Paychecks are growing at the fastest pace in a decade, and twice as fast for low- and middle-income Americans. On paid family leave, President Trump made paid family leave a reality for 2.1 million federal employees as bipartisan legislation for all Americans advances. Moreover, President Trump was the first president in history to include paid family leave in his budget. As both a candidate and a nominee, President Trump advocated for paid family leave from the debate stage and on the campaign trail, and now he has taken concrete steps to make his vision a reality. On childcare, President Trump proposed increasing funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant by over $2 billion, ensuring that working families have access to much-needed care. Additionally, by doubling the child tax credit, reskilling the American workforce, and putting thousands back into the average American family’s paycheck through tax cuts and wage growth, President Trump has empowered working families across the country.”
Neither the White House nor Trump’s reelection campaign responded to questions about pregnancy discrimination, legislation on the diversity of corporate boards, or sexual harassment.
This project was published on Jan. 28, 2020.