Donald J. Trump unveiled a menu of proposals on Tuesday to help working parents, calling for six weeks of mandatory paid maternity leave and expanded tax credits for child care.
The proposals, which Mr. Trump outlined in the
politically critical Philadelphia suburbs along with his daughter Ivanka,
represent a new attempt to court female voters who polls show have
been alienated by his bombast and history of provocative remarks about
“It’s pro-family, it’s pro-child, it’s pro-worker,” Mr. Trump said in releasing his plan at a rally Tuesday night. “These are the people we have to take care of.”
Hillary Clinton, Mr. Trump’s Democratic rival, issued her plan more
than a year ago, and it guarantees up to 12 weeks of paid family and
medical leave for a newborn or a sick relative, financed by an increase
in taxes on the wealthiest Americans. Under her plan, Mrs. Clinton would
cap those costs at 10 percent of a family’s income, relying on tax cuts
and subsidies to make up the difference.
Mr. Trump and his daughter spoke about the issue at
the Republican National Convention in July, but the candidate had not
mentioned it publicly until Tuesday.
Mr. Trump faces a potentially record-high gender gap with women, but
pushing the proposal so close to the election risks looking slapdash on a
Mr. Trump first proposed the child care initiative
weeks ago, but he broadened it to help working parents after facing
criticism that his initial proposal would primarily help high earners
rather than women and families on the lower end of the economic
But the new recommendations contained a number of
uncertainties, most notably how Mr. Trump would pay for them, and they
still favor people with higher incomes. The candidate’s aides said that
his goals would be achieved through a change in the tax code to help pay
for child care, to be detailed in another speech, probably this week.