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Trump's Talk on Women in Small Businesses Features Women Behind Giant Businesses

At the roundtable discussion, Trump said he will continue to advocate for making childcare more affordable and accessible, which, looking at Ivanka's proposed plan, is just not true.
March 28, 2017, 7:20pm

Below is what happened on Trump's 46th day in office. You can find out what damage was done every other day so far on the Saddest Calendar on the Internet.

At a roundtable yesterday with American businesswomen, Ivanka Trump, and "Working for Women" award–recipient Mike Pence, President Trump made the claim that "empowering and promoting women in business is an absolute priority in the Trump administration because [he knows] how crucial women are as job creators, role models, and leaders all throughout our communities."

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According to the White House notes, among the "small business owners" in attendance were: Lisa Phillips, owner of "Celebrate Us," a high end line of baby gift baskets; Lisa Nichols, CEO and co-founder of Technology Partners; Shirley Ann Perry, the owner of HydroTech; Claudia Mirza, the CEO of Akorbi; Amy Pope-Wells, owner of Link Staffing and Tire Diva; Gil Valletta, CEO of data analytics company CIEN+; Shirley Perry, who runs a small environmental consulting group; Suzie Scanlon Rabinowitz, co-founder of "an alternative legal model"; Dyan Gibbens, founder and CEO of Trumbell Unmanned; Jessica Johnson-Cope, president and CEO of Johnson Security Bureau; and Patricia Funegra, founder and CEO of La Cocina VA, an organization that provides vocational and technical education and jobs to immigrant women. During the roundtable, the women all told their success stories, and at the end, Trump told everyone, "great job."

Also in attendance was Linda McMahon, Trump's pick to head the Small Business Administration, who promised to advocate for women-run businesses at her confirmation hearing in January. A professional wrestling magnate and leader of World Wrestling Entertainment, Trump called McMahon "a woman entrepreneur at the highest level." He's not altogether wrong; she and her husband built the WWE into a $1.5 billion publicly traded company with 800 employees. Last year, WWE was also hit with lawsuits over head injuries and alleged sexual assault.

At the roundtable discussion, Trump said that "he will also continue to advocate for policies that support working families, including making childcare more affordable and accessible," which, looking at Ivanka's proposed $500 billion plan, is just not true.

As previously reported on Broadly, the plan would benefit the rich and do virtually nothing for working class parents, who suffer the most under America's current child-care crisis. In a 2015 report from the Economic Policy Institute, the authors found that "the high cost of child care means that a full-time, full-year minimum-wage worker with one child falls far below the family budget threshold in all 618 family budget areas—even after adjusting for higher state and city minimum wages."

Furthermore, some critics argue that while McMahon isn't the worst of Trump's picks, she is yet another "billionaire friend with no national policy experience," Bret Waters writes on The Hill.