Trump pro­poses child-care tax break

Plan in­cludes ma­ter­nity leave, help with el­derly fam­ily

USA TODAY US Edition - - NEWS - David Jack­son @djusato­day

Don­ald Trump vis­ited a key po­lit­i­cal area Tues­day — the Philadel­phia sub­urbs — to pitch a plan on pay­ing for child care, ideas ad­dressed largely to subur­ban fe­male vot­ers.

The “Child Care Af­ford­abil­ity Plan” would al­low par­ents to deduct child care ex­penses from their in­come taxes, guar­an­tee six weeks of paid ma­ter­nity leave, and create new “De­pen­dent Care Sav­ings Ac­counts” to help fi­nance items from child­hood de­vel­op­ment to el­derly care.

“It’s pro-fam­ily, it’s pro-child, it’s pro-worker,” Trump told a sup­port­ive crowd in As­ton, Pa., near Philadel­phia. “These are the peo­ple we have to take care of.”

The New York busi­ness­man also said “there is no fi­nan­cial se­cu­rity in our coun­try,” and con­cern about child care is one rea­son.

Daugh­ter Ivanka Trump, who has been push­ing child-care is­sues in her role as ad­viser, in­tro­duced her fa­ther, telling the crowd “we need to create poli­cies that cham­pion all par­ents.”

Trump con­tin­ued to at­tack Hil­lary Clin­ton for say­ing some Trump back­ers be­long in a “bas­ket of de­plorables,” slam­ming her both in Penn­syl­va­nia and at an ear­lier rally in Iowa.

“While my op­po­nent slan­ders you as de­plorable and ir­re­deemable, I call you hard-work­ing Amer­i­can pa­tri­ots who love your coun­try and want a bet­ter fu­ture for all of our peo­ple,” Trump said in Des Moines.

Dur­ing a speech Mon­day in Bal­ti­more, the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee said, “You can’t lead this na­tion if you have such a low opin­ion for its ci­ti­zens.”

The Clin­ton cam­paign re­sponded with a tele­vi­sion ad jux­ta­pos­ing that com­ment with Trump’s at­tacks on vot­ers, in­clud­ing this com­ment from last year about then- GOP pri­mary ri­val Ben Car­son, who is now a close ally of Trump: “How stupid are the peo- ple of Iowa? How stupid are the peo­ple of this coun­try to be­lieve this crap?”

Maya Har­ris, a se­nior pol­icy ad­viser for the Clin­ton cam­paign, de­scribed Trump’s child care plan as “half-baked,” with fi­nanc­ing to come from other pro­grams such as un­em­ploy­ment in­sur­ance. Har­ris said “the lack of se­ri­ous­ness of this pro­posal is no sur­prise given his his­tory of dis­re­spect­ing women in the work­place and the fact there’s no ev­i­dence he ever pro­vided paid fam­ily leave or child care to his own em­ploy­ees.”

Ra­dio ads un­veiled by the Clin­ton cam­paign ahead of Trump’s speech high­light what the cam­paign called her “life-long com­mit­ment to fight­ing for chil­dren and fam­i­lies.” Among the Demo­cratic nom­i­nee’s pro­pos­als is a plan to make preschool uni­ver­sal for 4-year-olds.

Penn­syl­va­nia is a key part of Trump’s ef­fort to claim the 270 elec­toral votes needed to win, though it has not backed a GOP pres­i­den­tial can­di­date since 1988.

EVAN VUCCI, AP

Ivanka Trump in­tro­duced her fa­ther for a pol­icy speech on child care Tues­day in As­ton, Pa.

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