Real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that it was possible he had donated to Planned Parenthood and that he wouldn’t commit to shutting down the government over the organization’s funding.
“Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd asked Trump whether he had ever donated to the organization.
“I give to so many, Chuck. I give to so many organizations over the years,” Trump said. “Hundreds of millions of dollars. And so I don’t know. I don’t think so. But it’s possible.”
Trump said he was unsure how much of Planned Parenthood’s resources went to performing abortions, but he said the procedure troubled him. Still, Trump said he was “hesitant” to shut down the government over the organization — a stance that set him apart from many of his GOP rivals.
“It’s something I’d have to think about to be honest with you. I don’t want to give a hard and fast answer to that,” he told Meet the Press. “It bothers me greatly that they’re doing the abortions. At the same time, women’s health issues are, you know, very important to me. Now, you have a lot of other people that do that without the abortion clinic. Because they really are to a large extent an abortion clinic.”
Trump also talked again about his support for abortion ban exemptions for rape, incest, and risk to the mother’s life.
“I have exceptions. Rape, incest, if the mother is going to die,” he said. “And Ronald Reagan had those same exceptions. And many Republicans have those same exceptions.”
This would likely serve as a litmus test for Supreme Court nominees, Trump said.
Watch the full interview, from NBC News, below. The discussion on abortion and Planned Parenthood begins around 1:20: