Donald Trump’s $1b ‘gift’ to Ivanka

Donald Trump’s administration has unveiled its third budget proposal.

The record budget request weighs in at $US4.7 trillion ($A6.6 trillion), and includes extra funding for defence, the border wall and NASA at the expense of healthcare, social security and education.

However, it does include a $US1 billion childcare fund, which has been championed by his eldest daughter Ivanka.

Ms Trump, who has had a strong focus on women’s economic issues, has lobbied for the childcare tax credit throughout her father’s presidency.

The budget request states that the White House “looks forward to working with the Congress to advance policies that would make paid parental leave a reality for families across the nation”.

It also includes a direct quote from Ms Trump: “Paid family leave enable parents to balance the competing demands of work and family, pursue their careers, and build strong and thriving families. It is an investment in the future of our workers, our families, and our country.”

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