Planned Parenthood's president on Wednesday thanked Republican presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSocial media users criticize Trump on anonymous sources NYT editor slams hand-picked press: ‘Nothing like this has ever happened at the White House’ Want to build infrastructure that will make America Great? Look to the stars MORE for saying the women’s healthcare organization does “good work” outside of abortions, even as she criticized him as wrong on most issues.
“Well, this is one thing I agree with Donald Trump on — Planned Parenthood does amazing work for two and a half million patients every single year,” Cecile Richards said on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.”
Richards argued that Trump is still wrong on abortion, healthcare and women’s rights, though.
“I think women in this country, families and men, are going to be very concerned about a president who wants to roll back affordable healthcare in America,” said Richards, who supports Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonSanders and Schumer are right: Ellison for DNC chair Poll: Hackers say it takes less than 12 hours to breach systems Obama left school bathrooms a mess MORE.
“I think the disturbing thing is that Donald Trump — as well as Ted CruzTed CruzAt CPAC, Trump lashes out at media Conquering Trump returns to conservative summit The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE and Marco RubioMarco RubioAt CPAC, Trump lashes out at media Conquering Trump returns to conservative summit Rubio brushes off demonstrator asking about town halls MORE — has said that if they’re president, they’d end women’s access to women’s family planning, cancer screenings [and] basic, affordable healthcare as well as overturning the Affordable Care Act, which is now covering family planning and preventive care for 55 million people.”
Richards said Clinton’s longtime advocacy for improved women’s healthcare would help her campaign nationwide.
“She’s been a great advocate for women’s healthcare her entire life,” she said of the former secretary of State. "[These are] the kinds of issues that Hillary Clinton is talking about that are relevant to everyday Americans. I think those are going to dominate not just the primary but certainly those November elections.”
Trump has repeatedly praised Planned Parenthood’s “good work” on healthcare, such as cancer screenings, while opposing any federal funding for abortions.
He says he has evolved past describing himself as “very pro-choice,” adding that he no longer supports partial-birth abortions.
Updated at 5:06 p.m.