Planned Parenthood's president on Wednesday thanked Republican presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal 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.”
“I appreciate his kind words,” she added. "We’re very proud of our work here.”
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 Diane Rodham ClintonAttorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty Attorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation Durham seeking indictment of lawyer with ties to Democrats: reports MORE.
“I think the disturbing thing is that Donald Trump — as well as Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzMore than 10,000 migrants await processing under bridge in Texas Senators slow Biden with holds at Pentagon, State The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails MORE and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioMilley says calls to China were 'perfectly within the duties' of his job Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right 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.