GOP presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald TrumpRangel: Trump puts Ryan in tough spot Dems find voice with disruption Trump's proposed ban on Muslims entering US a moving target MORE said on Thursday that people performing the same work deserve the same pay regardless of gender.
“Women should have absolute access to capital,” Trump told hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “If they do the same job, they should get the same pay.”
“When it comes to categorizing people, men and women into a group, it gets to be very dangerous,” the outspoken billionaire said.
“When you have to categorize men and women into a particular group and a particular pay scale, it gets very — because people do different jobs,” he said.
“It’s very hard to say what is the same job,” Trump added. “It’s a very, very tricky question. And I talked about competition with other places and other parts of the world, Mika. This is one of the things we have to look at very strongly.”
Trump played favorites by cracking a joke about the gender pay gap issue with the “Morning Joe” hosts.
“With you or Joe, I would definitely pay you more,” he told Brzezinski. “Joe, I would pay Mika so much more your head would spin.”
Trump’s remarks follow national shock over some of his statements on women earlier this month.
The New York business mogul engaged in a public spat with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly that some critics found demeaning.
“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever,” Trump said of Kelly’s questions toward him during the Aug. 6 GOP presidential debate, about his past remarks regarding women.
Phrases like “fat pig” and “slob,” she said, raised questions about how much Trump respects the opposite gender.
The celebrity real estate magnate has since argued Kelly’s questioning of him was unfair and that the media misinterpreted his remarks criticizing her.
The reality TV star is currently leading the race for the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination across multiple national polls.