In an interview published with Cosmopolitan’s Prachi Gupta, Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka seemed unable to respond to a basic and logical line of questioning about her father’s past comments about women and maternity leave.

After laying out the basic premise of the paid maternity leave plan (which she helped develop), the following question was asked:

Gupta: “OK, I just wanted to make sure I understood. 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 bit about those comments, and perhaps what has changed?”

Trump: “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. 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 goes on to defend his track record surrounding women in the workplace, but thankfully Gupta wasn’t going to let her off the hook.

Gupta: “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.”

Trump: “Well, you said he made those comments. I don’t know that he said those comments.”

Gupta: “This is quoted from an NBC [interview] from 2004. I definitely did not make that up. I do want to talk to you a little bit beyond the plan, as well—”

Trump: “I think what I was — there’s plenty of time for you to editorialize around this, but I think he put forth a really incredible plan that has pushed the boundaries of what anyone else is talking about. On child care specifically, there are no proposals on the table. He really took ownership of this issue, and I really applaud him for doing that. I hope that, regardless of what your political viewpoint is, this should be celebrated.”

After stumbling over another answer (Gupta asked how Trump planned to pay for the plan), Ivanka abruptly got up and left the interview.

It’s tiring to hear Republicans whine and complain about the “liberal media,” when what they really want is a scripted TV show. They want to comfort of a Sean Hannity and Fox News, because they won’t have to answer the tough questions – they won’t have to be thoughtful in response to criticism.

I hope America wakes up quickly, because at the international level, nothing will be scripted, nothing will be easy. And the President of the United States cannot simply stand up and walk out of negotiations or meetings simply because it gets tough.

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