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Trump touts affordable childcare plans

The Trump administration will work to make affordable childcare available for more families, President TrumpDonald John TrumpPolice say man dangling off Trump Tower Chicago demanding to speak with Trump Fauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Biden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus MORE said Wednesday during a speech at a women’s empowerment panel at the White House. 

“My administration will work every day to ensure that our economy is a place where women can work, succeed and thrive like never before,” Trump said.

“That includes fighting to make sure that all mothers, and all families, have access to affordable childcare,” he added, to cheers from the crowd.

“We want every daughter in America to grow up in a country where she can believe in herself, believe in her future, and follow her heart and realize her dreams,” Trump said during the Wednesday speech. 

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Trump’s older daughter, Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump slams Facebook, Twitter for limiting spread of New York Post's Biden story OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump creates federal council on global tree planting initiative | Green group pushes for answers on delayed climate report | Carbon dioxide emissions may not surpass 2019 levels until 2027: analysis Trump creates federal government council on global tree planting initiative MORE, who is assuming an official role in the White House, reportedly advocated for the president to discuss paid family leave during his Feb. 28 address to Congress. 

The first daughter also reportedly began phoning lawmakers in December to discuss legislation on child care. Trump, during the presidential campaign, introduced a policy proposal for child care that included tax reform enabling working families to deduct the costs of child care.

The president and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpFauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Melania Trump slams 'salacious gossip' by ex-adviser who wrote tell-all book Ted Cruz won't wear mask to speak to reporters at Capitol MORE appeared at the panel together, with Melania Trump also made remarks. 

Trump noted his wife’s poll numbers during his speech, after a CNN poll released earlier this month found the first lady’s favorability rating is up 16 points since the inauguration.

“She is doing some great job. In fact, I shouldn’t say this but her poll numbers went through the roof last week,” Trump said. "What was that all about? Through the roof.”

The president also joked about famous suffragette Susan B. Anthony, asking the crowd if it had heard of the women’s rights icon.

“And we’ve had leaders like Susan B. Anthony. Have you heard of Susan B. Anthony?” he asked. “I’m shocked you’ve heard of Susan B. Anthony.”