Donald Trump’s female employees say he helped them grow, mentored them

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a campaign stop on November 19, 2015 in Newton, Iowa. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Louise Sunshine, a former executive vice president of Donald Trump’s real estate company, told the Washington Post this week that she remembers her old boss kept a photo of her in his desk drawer, a “fat picture,” to remind her that she wasn’t perfect. Despite that, Sunshine says she still considers him a valued mentor, and is one of many female executives who praise Trump for encouraging their career growth and creating a positive work environment for women with families. Trump has received criticism on the campaign trail for his criticism of the physical appearances of Carly Fiorina and Megyn Kelly.

“From the standpoint of being a woman, I just thought he was phenomenal,” said Sunshine, 74. “So supportive and encouraging … He gave me the ropes, and I could either hang myself or prove myself.”

One executive, Barbara Res, who oversaw the construction of Trump Tower, said that Trump once told her “men are better than women, but a good woman is better than 10 good men.” And though she admits he was sexist, she also maintains that he wasn’t discriminatory.
Trump told the newspaper that the account of the “fat photo” was false but that his company had been “ahead of the curve” in hiring women; his attorney told the Post that more women than men now hold executive positions in the Trump Organization.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.


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