Donald Trump has a history of making controversial statements, but after a recent interview led to accusations that he is sexist and unconcerned with sexual harassment, his daughter, Ivanka, has made it a point to set the record straight.
On Monday, the Republican candidate told USA Today that if Ivanka were being sexually harassed at work, he “would like to think she would find another career or find another company.”
This statement led to allegations that the presidential nominee would blame the victim in a harassment situation. He went on to try to cover his tracks:
“There may be a better alternative [to leaving the company], then there may not,” he said in a different interview. “If there’s not a better alternative, then you stay. But it could be there’s a better alternative where you’re taken care of better…I think it’s gotta be up to the individual.”
Hoping to clear up her father’s statements, Ivanka made her opinions clear in an interview on Tuesday:
“I think harassment in general, regardless [if] sexual or otherwise, is totally inexcusable,” she told FOX News. “And if it transpires, it needs to be reported and it needs to be dealt with on a company level.”
She also said that, regardless of what her father seems to mean, there is “a very strong HR team at the Trump Organization, who is equipped to deal with these issues if they arise.”
“And you hope you have a culture in which they don't arise,” she said. “But when they do, it needs to be dealt with swiftly.”