Republican presidential nomineehas introduced an unorthodox childcare plan, becoming a rareRepublican calling for paid maternity leave.
Introduced on Tuesday by his daughter Ivanka, who asserted that childcare issues were at the “root of wage inequality by disproportionately affecting women”, Trump tried to soften his image at an event held in Pennsylvania, a former stronghold for moderate Republicans that has trended Democratic in recent years, the Guardianreported.
Trump also asserted that “my opponent has no childcare plan”. Clinton has in fact made a number of detailed proposals on childcare.
Clinton in June last year first outlined a programme for universal pre-kindergarten and in May this year proposed to cap childcare costs at ten per cent of household income and to introduce 12 weeks of paid family leave.
Maya Harris, a senior policy adviser to Clinton, described Trump’s plan as “half-baked and completely out of touch”.