Report: Trump called lawyer ‘disgusting’ for request to pump breast milk
By Holly Yan and Jeremy Diamond
(CNN) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump once called an opposing lawyer “disgusting” after she tried to take a break to pump breast milk.
The remarks came during a break in questioning by lawyer Elizabeth Beck during a 2011 deposition, according to a letter Jared Beck, Elizabeth’s co-counsel and husband, wrote to attorneys representing Trump.
Elizabeth Beck said Wednesday morning on CNN’s “New Day” that Trump “had an absolute meltdown” when she asked for the break.
“He got up, his face got red, he shook his finger at me and he screamed, ‘You’re disgusting, you’re disgusting,’ and he ran out of there,” Beck told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota.
Beck insisted on taking a pre-scheduled break to pump breast milk for her 3-month-old daughter, Trump called her “disgusting” and “uptight,” according to the letter obtained by CNN.
Trump attorney Alan Garten did not dispute the remark in a comment to the New York Times, which first reported the letter on Tuesday, but insisted that it “was in no way a statement about her decision to breast-feed or pump.”
“It was solely the fact that she was appearing to do it in the middle of a deposition,” Garten said. “In my 20 years of legal practice, I’ve never seen more bizarre behavior at a deposition. That is what led to his remark.”
Trump’s testimony stemmed from a lawsuit over a failed real estate project in Florida in which the Becks represented clients who claimed they lost tens of thousands of dollars each.
Garten told the Times that “every accommodation” had been made for Beck to take breaks, and that he suspected she was trying to buy time to come up with new questions for Trump.
Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told CNN the campaign has “nothing to add beyond what Alan Garten stated in the (New York Times) story at this time.”
The breast-pumping incident wasn’t the only time Trump insulted the attorney during the deposition.
“Do you even know what you’re doing?” he asked her at one point, according to the Times.
In the end, the Becks lost one of their cases against Mr. Trump and are appealing, the newspaper said.
News of the “you’re disgusting” remark came on the heels of another rhetorical controversy swirling around Trump.
Facing questions about a decades-old rape accusation against Trump, one of his top aides and attorneys Michael Cohen told the Daily Beast that legally “you cannot rape your spouse.” In fact, marital rape has been illegal in all 50 states for more than two decades.
Cohen apologized Tuesday for the remark, calling his comments “inarticulate” but insisting that he had been enraged by the reporter’s “gall” to ask a question about the accusation.
The rape claim stems from an accusation Trump’s then-wife Ivana Trump leveled at her husband during divorce proceedings in the early 1990s, an allegation she walked back Tuesday.
CNN’s Sara Murray contributed to this report.