Hillary Clinton has ridiculed Donald Trump about his struggle to list possible female candidates for cabinet positions if he were elected President.
Clinton jumped on comments made by Trump in an interview with First Coast News in Florida, in which he failed to name anyone other than daughter Ivanka as a woman who could be considered for a cabinet role.
Reporter Angelia Savage asked Trump, “I want to know just as a female, who you would actually put into office as one of the first females in your cabinet?”
He cited Ivanka as a “popular” candidate.
“Well there are so many different ones to choose, I can tell you everybody would say, ‘Put Ivanka in! Put Ivanka in!’ You know that, right?” Trump said.
“She’s very popular, she’s done very well. And you know Ivanka very well. But there really are so many that are really talented people, like you,” he said to Savage, who is a former employee of Trump and Miss Florida winner.
“You’re so talented, I don’t know if your viewers know that.”
Listen to Trump’s interview below
Trump was widely criticised after announcing his team of economic advisors – with not a woman in sight.
Clinton responded on Twitter to Trump’s apparent oversight when it comes to female representation by referencing an infamous quote from 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney – also a Republican.
Clinton wrote: “We know a guy with a binder, @realDonaldTrump. (He might not take your calls, though.)”
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 4, 2016
Democratic nominee Clinton was referring to Romney’s comments in a presidential debate about gender equality.
Romney claimed he’d reviewed “binders full of women” for positions in his administration as Governor of Massachusetts.
“We took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet. I went to a number of women’s groups and said, ‘Can you help us find folks,’ and they brought us whole binders full of women,” Romney said.
Mitt Romney’s ‘binders full of women’ speech (quote at the 1:30 mark)
This week, Glamour magazine in the US published a heartfelt opinion piece written by President Barack Obama about raising his two daughters, Sasha and Malia, as feminists.
“It’s important for them to see role models out in the world who climb to the highest levels of whatever field they choose. And yes, it’s important that their dad is a feminist, because now that’s what they expect of all men,” he wrote.