Donald Trump on Families & Children

2016 Republican nominee for President; 2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President


Bipartisan effort to implement paid family leave

Democrats and Republicans should unite for the good of the American people. My administration wants to work with members in both parties to make childcare accessible and affordable, to help ensure new parents have paid family leave, to invest in women's health, and to promote clean air and clear water, and to rebuild our military.

True love for our people requires us to find common ground, to advance the common good, and to cooperate on behalf of every American child who deserves a brighter future.

Source: 2017 State of the Union address to Congress , Feb 28, 2017

I have great respect for women; despite locker-room talk

Q: We received a lot of questions about a video in which you described kissing women without consent, grabbing their genitals. You bragged that you have sexually assaulted women.

TRUMP: No, I didn't say that at all. This was locker room talk. I'm not proud of it. I apologize to my family. I apologize to the American people. Yes, I'm very embarrassed by it. And we should get on to much more important things and much bigger things.

Q: Are you saying that what you said on that bus 11 years ago--that you did not actually kiss women without consent or grope women without consent?

TRUMP: I have great respect for women. Nobody has more respect for women than I do.

Q: Have you ever done those things?

TRUMP: No, I have not.

CLINTON: What we all saw and heard was Donald talking about women, what he thinks about women, what he does to women. And he has said that the video doesn't represent who he is. But I think it's clear to anyone who heard it that it represents exactly who he is.

Source: Second 2016 Presidential Debate at WUSTL in St. Louis MO , Oct 9, 2016

Hillary and I agree on paid family leave

CLINTON: I want us to do more to support people who are struggling to balance family and work. I've heard from so many of you about the difficult choices you face and the stresses that you're under. So let's have paid family leave, earned sick days. Let's be sure we have affordable child care.

TRUMP: As far as child care is concerned and so many other things, I think Hillary and I agree on that. We probably disagree a little bit as to numbers and amounts and what we're going to do, but perhaps we'll be talking about that later. But we have to stop our jobs from being stolen from us. We have to stop our companies from leaving the United States and, with it, firing all of their people. All you have to do is take a look at Carrier air conditioning in Indianapolis. They left -- fired 1,400 people. They're going to Mexico. So many hundreds and hundreds of companies are doing this.

Source: First 2016 Presidential Debate at Hofstra University , Sep 26, 2016

Supports birth control without a prescription

Donald Trump says he believes women should be able to obtain birth control without a prescription. Speaking on an episode of "The Dr. Oz Show," the Republican nominee suggested that, for many women, obtaining a prescription can be challenging. "I would say it should not be prescription," he told the audience, adding that many women "just aren't in a position to go get a prescription."

The GOP's 2016 platform says it opposes the FDA's "endorsement of over-the-counter sales of powerful contraceptives without a physician's recommendation." The comment comes days after Trump unveiled a plan aimed at making childcare more affordable for women.

Trump has sometimes stumbled when it comes to reproductive health issues. During the Republican primary, he was criticized for saying that, if it the abortion were to be outlawed, women should be punished for having them. He later said that providers, not women, should be the ones who face penalties.

Source: Jill Colvin and David Sharp, Associated Press on SFGate.com , Sep 15, 2016

Women act feminine & needy, but inside, they are killers

Women desired him, Trump often said, yet he held them at a distance, suspicious of what he saw as their crafty, cunning antagonism. "Women have one of the great acts of all time," he wrote. "The smart ones act very feminine and needy, but inside they are real killers....I have seen women manipulate men with just a twitch of their eye--or perhaps another body part....There's nothing I love more than women, but they're really a lot different than portrayed. They are far worse than men, far more aggressive, and boy, can they be smart. Let's give credit where credit is due, and let's salute women for their tremendous power, which most men are afraid to admit they have."

As much power as women might wield, however, Trump rarely let the opportunity pass to proclaim his own virility. Asked for his view of Viagra, Trump boasted that he never needed such assistance. What he really needed, he said, was an "anti-Viagra, something with the opposite effect. I'm not bragging. I'm just lucky.

Source: Trump Revealed, by Michael Kranish & Mark Fisher, p.155 , Aug 23, 2016

Ex-wives sign confidentiality agreements and keep quiet

Despite the turbulence in their marriages, his former wives never disparaged Trump publicly after their divorces. Trump made sure of that. He had his wives sign confidentiality agreements, and he held the ultimate leverage: the kids.

Trump often said he was not the kind of father who spent much time hanging out or playing ball with his children, but when they were old enough to learn the business, they spent far more time with him, especially at the office. All three children from the marriage with Ivana would come to work by their father's side at the Trump Organization. All three told of difficult times with their father. During the divorce battle, Donald Jr. went a year without speaking to his father. But they came to admire him as a businessman and as a parent who loved them in his own way and deeply wanted them to work together with him.

How his ex-wives might describe the family's inner life remained uncertain, as Trump managed to hold their public comments in check.

Source: Trump Revealed, by Michael Kranish & Mark Fisher, p.168-9 , Aug 23, 2016

Federal tax breaks to support child care costs

[Ivanka's recent campaign] speech made clear that Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka, has a significant microphone within the campaign. One of the biggest new ideas in Trump's economic plan--an expansion of federal support for child care costs--was a major plank in Ivanka's speech at the Republican National Convention.

Trump's plan, which would expand tax benefits available to Americans paying for child care, falls outside of traditional Republican Party thinking. But Ivanka made it a centerpiece of her July speech as she pitched her father as the right man to help working families get by. Trump's new proposal, which the campaign says would "exclude childcare expenses from taxation," clearly came from her, which Trump confirmed."I've been working on [this] with my daughter, Ivanka," he said. "She feels so strongly about this."

Polls show Trump lagging behind Clinton among women voters. Ivanka's influence and the specific child care proposal are both meant to address that gap.

Source: The Hill coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Aug 8, 2016

Happiest people have great families & God in their lives

The happiest people I know are those people who have great families and real values. I've seen it. I know it. People who have a loving spouse and have children they really love are happy people. Religion also plays a very large factor in happiness. People who have God in their lives receive a tremendous amount of joy and satisfaction from their faith.
Source: Crippled America, by Donald Trump, p.128 , Nov 3, 2015

Stress importance of a strong family, & a culture of Life

Trump has over 7 million followers on social media. He frequently uses this platform to advocate for Conservative causes, Republican candidates and to educate the public on the failures of the Obama administration. Trump appears on "Fox and Friends" on Monday mornings & devotes much of his time to media interviews in order to promote a Free Market, the importance of a strong family, a culture of Life, a strong military and our country's sacred obligation to take care of our veterans and their families.
Source: 2016 presidential campaign website, DonaldJTrump.com , Jun 16, 2015

Everyone getting married should have a prenuptial agreement

I have seen many business deals in litigation--but there is nothing worse than a man and a woman who fight over their assets and everything else. You were in love with somebody, and now you are no longer in love. The hatred is intense, far more intense than it usually gets in a business transaction. You need a prenuptial agreement to protect yourself and your business interests.

Marriage is a contract unlike any other contract in life. It's a legally binding contract that knows nothing of love. If the love dies, all you have left is a resentful ex-spouse & the marriage certificate. There's nothing more terrible than an ex-spouse with a ten-ton axe to grind, and no agreement on common property. Always get a prenup. It's just too risky not to.

When I met Melania and we decided to get married, I said, "We're going to have the greatest marriage ever, but listen, just in case it doesn't work, sign on the dotted line." It's not exactly the most romantic thing to do, but you really, really need it.

Source: Think Big, by Donald Trump, p. 31-2&260 , Sep 8, 2008

Too many hollow compliments are not healthy for kids

A new study found that today's college students are, in fact, more narcissistic and self- centered than ever before. Since birth, many of these youngsters were fed a steady stream of compliments on how wonderful and special they were. The "self-esteem movement" of the 80s and 90s became a national fad.

Too many hollow compliments are not healthy for kids. It is okay to let your children know they are special. It is a part of being a loving parent, but do not overdo it. To constantly lavish praise on your children for every little thing they do is too much. Do not be easy on them. Let your children work hard to gain your praise. They will value it more.

If you over-compliment a child, they start to believe they are entitled to success in life without even trying, but it is not true. When they grow up they will find out that the world is much more difficult than you led them to believe. Then, if they cannot get something right away, they quit. Quitting is a habit that is hard to break.

Source: Think Big, by Donald Trump, p. 66-7 , Sep 8, 2008

I would rather live a married life than be single

I had a choice of staying single or getting married, and I chose to be married. I do not want to be single. I have a bad track record for being married, it is true, but I would rather live a married life than be single. That is because I met the right woman. I have learned something from my previous mistakes. I am determined to do much better in my marriage to Melania.

What surprises many people is that beautiful women love me. For the first season of The Apprentice one broadcast exec said, "To be successful, large numbers of women would have to watch, and why would women want to watch Donald Trump?" I said, "I have not done so badly with women." As it turned out, the biggest audience for The Apprentice by far is women.

Source: Think Big, by Donald Trump, p.270 , Sep 8, 2008

Be cocky & confident & get all the women you want

The women I have dated over the years could have any man they want; they are the top models and the most beautiful women in the world. I have been able to date (screw) them all because I have something that many men do not have. I don't know what it is but women have always liked it. So guys, be cocky, confident, smart, and humorous and you will be able to get all the women you want.

We may live in houses in the suburbs but our minds and emotions are still only a short step out of the jungle. In primitive times, women clung to the strongest males for protection. High-status males displayed their prowess through their kick-ass attitudes. They did not give a crap about what other people in the tribe thought. That kind of attitude was and still is associated with the kind of men women find attractive. It may not be politically correct to say but who cares. It is common sense and it's true--and always will be.

Source: Think Big, by Donald Trump, p.270-1 , Sep 8, 2008

I seem to bring out either the best or worst in women

I don't know why, but I seem to bring out either the best or worst in women. Even Katarina Witt, the great Olympic figure-skating champion, caused me some angst. Because I built and ran the Wollman Skating Rink in Central Park, I became something of a factor in the ice-skating business. One day I received a phone call from Katarina asking if she could come to my office to say hello. Everything went well; Katarina invited me to see her opening-night performance at Madison Square Garden.

Katarina asked me what I thought of the evening. I told her that, while I liked her skating, I thought the music she skated to was horrible. "I know you want to be artistic," I said, "but you really ought to choose music that's more mainstream, something people will enjoy." Katarina was not pleased with my comments and I could see at a glance that steely German temperament. After that, every article written about Katarina Witt included claims that I had asked her out and she had turned me down.

Source: The Art of the Comeback, by Donald Trump, p.126-7 , Oct 27, 1997

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