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Trump: I hope Ivanka would change jobs if sexually harassed

Greg Nash

Donald Trump says he hopes his daughter Ivanka Trump would quit her job or change careers if she faced sexual harassment in the workplace.

The remark came after Kirsten Powers asked the Republican presidential nominee how he would want his daughter to respond to the kind of harassing behavior that Roger Ailes is accused of at Fox News.

{mosads}“I would like to think she would find another career or find another company if that was the case,” he said, as recounted in a USA Today op-ed authored by Powers.  

Powers, a Fox News contributor, criticized Trump in the op-ed for his remarks about Ivanka, saying most women don’t have the financial flexibility to pick up and leave their jobs and asserting that victims of harassment shouldn’t be forced to bear the burden of that behavior.

Trump has defended Ailes, who resigned from Fox News in the face of a sexual harassment lawsuit from former Fox News Host Gretchen Carlson. Since the lawsuit was filed, other women have come forward to allege they were mistreated by Ailes.

During the interview, Trump said he was unaware that there were accusations against Ailes from women other than Carlson. While he said that it would be easier to take the “politically correct” route and condemn the behavior, he questioned why Carlson would “say those things.”

Trump last month said the allegations against Ailes appear “totally unfounded.” 

Ailes has been sued by Carlson, whose contract with the network was not renewed, over allegations from her time at Fox. Ailes resigned as the network’s chairman and CEO, saying he didn’t want to be a distraction.

In her op-ed, Powers added that she had been “harassed or on the receiving end of sexist and inappropriate behavior almost every place I’ve ever worked.” She did not specifically accuse Fox News or Ailes of taking part in that behavior.

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