Donald Trump declared this week to make child care more affordable as well as more available. It was only the 2nd time during his run for the White House where he’s talked about this issue; one affecting millions of working Americans who have young children.
It is also one of the more expensive items that families have to pay for when both spouses work.
Trump first mentioned on-site child-care service in Iowa during the primary. He bragged about his record as a business owner who provides this for his employees.
But further investigation shows that these programs simply do not exist in his organizations.
Trump earlier expressed being against government-funded universal pre-K programs, saying in November 2015 in Newton, Iowa, that he had visited companies that offered workers on-site child-care centers; adding that he is a business owner who offered such programs.
Trump felt that it is not a large cost for a business and the company only needs one or two people and some toys plus perhaps swings. Trump said, “It’s not an expensive thing, and I do it all over. And I get great people because of it.”
Trump specifically talked about programs: “They call ’em Trump Kids. Another one calls it Trumpeteers, if you can believe it. I have ’em. I actually have ’em, because I have a lot of different businesses.” He further talked about parents at his clubs or hotels seeing their kids at lunch and then picking them up at the end of their work day.
But the programs Trump referred to — “Trump Kids” and “Trumpeteers” — are programs open to clienteles at Trump’s hotels and golf clubs. They are not available to employees, according to staff at Trump’s businesses across the country.
Actually “Trump Kids” is designated on the Trump Hotel Collection website as “a special travel program designed to help make your next family vacation a big hit.” It includes “kid-friendly amenities like kiddie cocktails, coloring books and no-tear bath amenities.”
“The Trumpeteer Program” is described on the website of Trump National Golf Club located in Charlotte, North Carolina, as “a program created specifically for our youngest members age three to twelve, which offers daily and evening child care, monthly newsletters and weekly events!”
When employees are asked about on-site child care, they express soon confusion and further explain that these programs are for members and guests only.
Maria Jaramillo, 36, a housekeeper at Trump International Hotel Las Vegas says there is no child care. Jaramillo is a mother of four children who has worked at the hotel for almost eight years.
“It would make it much easier to take our kids to day care at work,” she said and only laughed when told about Trump’s comments from Iowa about child care. “If they have child care, at least they should tell us.”
In New York, where the Trump Organization is headquartered, the health department database of child care centers does not have any record of licensed facilities at any of Trump’s properties, except for a private school that leases space at 40 Wall Street.
When directly asked whether Trump’s businesses offer child care to employees, his presidential campaign responded with a statement from Jill Martin, vice president and assistant general counsel at the Trump Organization.
“The Trump Organization is very proud of the family-friendly environment it fosters throughout its portfolio,” she said. “The policies and practices allowing employees to enjoy a healthy work-life balance vary from property to property. We take an individualized approach to helping employees manage family and work responsibilities.”
Trump on Monday during a major speech on his economy plans proposed new tax exemptions for child care as part of what his aides stated would be a larger push to make child care more affordable to working-class families.