A corporate lawyer who successfully sued the Trump Organization over the president’s plan to end a government program that protects pregnant women from paying for abortions has called his client “unfit to stand in the middle of this crisis” and “a disgrace to all who work for the United States Government.”
“I think the only thing he could have done was to stand by and watch,” Robert McCallum, the lead plaintiff in the case, said in an interview with CNNMoney.
“I would have done the same thing, and it would have cost him a fortune.”
The lawsuit filed in January accuses Trump of violating the constitutional rights of McCallums family by failing to protect the health of his unborn daughter.
Trump has defended the program, which helps more than 7 million women get abortion care and pays them through a government insurance program, saying it was not designed to discriminate against women.
But he has said it is not necessary and said he would reverse it if he wins the November election.
Trump’s attorney, Paul Manfra, said the Trump organization is cooperating with the lawsuit, and that McCallms family has paid the costs of the litigation.
“We are happy to cooperate with the legal process, but this lawsuit is a distraction from our business goals and what we believe to be the legitimate goal of providing women with safe and legal abortions,” Manfray said in a statement to CNNMoney on Monday.
“This is a case of a family being denied the ability to access health care and medical care in the same way they were discriminated against by the previous administration.”
In the suit, McCallams daughter, Emily, was born with congenital heart disease in November 2017, and her father said he did not know until a few weeks after her birth that she would not survive.
“My son was born in the United State of America,” he said in court papers.
“The United States government paid for the health care he needs.
It is not fair to the taxpayers to deny him this life-saving care.”
McCallimas daughter was placed on a government waitlist, but the government has not yet decided whether to approve the treatment, which involves injecting a small amount of medication into her body to prevent her heart from beating.
McCall’s lawsuit also says that Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his company, Kushner Companies, paid McCall for the procedure.
Kushner Companies has also paid for abortion services through its insurance program.
Kushner, Trump’s eldest son-on-the-day, has repeatedly expressed support for abortion rights.
The Trump Organization did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
Trump sued the federal government for the plan in September, accusing the government of violating federal law by withholding the funds.
The government, in response, said it would refund $2.9 billion of the funds to the Trump family and $2 billion to other family members.
Trump said that money would go toward programs that benefit all women and would be released after the election.
“What I will do is I will end this disaster for women and families,” Trump said during a rally on March 14, 2017.
“You know, if you look at what’s happening, if I win the election, I will be president of the United Sates.”