Donald Trump, who has vowed to build a wall on the Mexican border to keep illegal immigrants out, took a page out of the Clinton administration’s playbook by pledging to put women in the lead in the Oval Office.
Trump’s policy to ban women from serving in the armed forces was not included in a new executive order issued Friday.
It also called for the creation of a new “Women in Leadership Initiative” to promote the careers of female leaders in the private sector, according to a statement from the White the Trump administration’s move to end a ban on women serving in combat forces.
“It is important that women are part of every decision-making process in our country,” Trump said in the statement.
“It is equally important that our military leaders are part and parcel of this decision- making process.
That is why the Women in Leadership initiative is the result of a long and careful process.”
Women in leadership initiativeTrump, who spoke in Iowa on Friday, also said he would appoint more women to senior posts in his administration.
“I’m appointing women to leadership positions that are critical to our country’s success, and I will make sure that they are in charge of all of our decisions,” he said in a televised interview.
Trump, a Republican who campaigned on a promise to be a “great deal for America,” has said he plans to expand the Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative, which was created under Clinton.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In addition to the Women In Leadership initiative, the Trump transition team also created a new Department of the Interior advisory committee on women in business and entrepreneurship, which is designed to focus on women who have worked in business, including businesswomen, women in finance and women in science and technology.
“In order to ensure that we have women who are leaders, who are experts, who have done great things in business — and that we can have the greatest level of success in our society, that’s what the Women-In-Business initiative is all about,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in an email.
The new department also announced a “Women-Incentives” initiative that will include women in STEM fields and “Women Entrepreneurs” who have led business ventures and have “proven they have the skills to grow the economy.”
The goal is to encourage women to “have a leadership role in the success of our businesses, our companies, and the economy of the United States,” the White Senate Office of Management and Budget said in its announcement.
“Women are the next generation of business leaders and are poised to lead the next phase of American prosperity,” Sanders said.