A top spokeswoman for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Wednesday that Trump’s No. 1 priority is promoting his own business interests, a startling admission about someone trying to be president of the United States.
“Mr. Trump believes in putting your oxygen mask on first before helping others,” Katrina Pierson, Trump’s national spokeswoman, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “And what Mr. Trump has done for his business, creating a global empire, employing tens of thousands of jobs, is exactly what this country needs.”
The comments came on a day when Trump was repeatedly forced to defend his business record, which includes four corporate bankruptcies.
Bankruptcy “is an effective and commonly used practice in business,” Trump said in a statement Wednesday afternoon, adding that he has “built a tremendously successful business, which has created tens of thousands of jobs.”
Earlier Wednesday, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton attacked Trump’s business record during a speech in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where three of Trump’s casinos have declared bankruptcy over the years.
Pierson told CNN that it was impossible to compare Clinton’s record to Trump’s, because “you’re talking about the difference between running a private business and working in government, who just doles out checks without any repercussions or accountability, as we’ve seen recently with Hillary Clinton.”
“No, when you have a contractual obligation, you either fulfill it or don’t,” Pierson added.