During a panel with Angela Merkel at the G20 Women’s summit, Ivanka Trump was asked about her father’s controversial comments about women. Following is a transcript of the video.
Ivanka Trump: Paid leave, sadly the United States is one of the only countries in the world, the only developed country in the world that doesn’t have a paid leave policy for the benefit of families, so that is something I am very, very proud of my father’s advocacy, long before he came into the presidency, but during the campaign including in the primaries. He’s been a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive in the new reality of …
Moderator: You hear the reaction from the audience so I need to address one more point. Some attitudes towards women your father has publicly displayed in former times might leave one questioning whether he’s such an empowerer for women. How do relate to that, or are things changing, or what’s your comment on that?
Ivanka Trump: I’ve certainly heard the criticism from the media, and that’s been perpetuated, but I know from personal experience and I think the thousands of women who have worked with and for my father for decades when he was in the private sector are a testament to his belief and solid conviction in the potential of women.”
I grew up in a house where there was no barriers to what I could accomplish, beyond my own perseverance and my own tenacity and I don’t take that lightly as a parent now myself. That’s not an easy thing to do and he did that and he provided that for us. There was no difference from me and my brothers. And I think as a business leader you saw that and as a president you will absolutely see that.
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