Ivanka Trump, daughter of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, discusses education at a Michigan Women in Business roundtable in Troy. Steve Perez, The Detroit News


Troy — Ivanka Trump, daughter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, focused on what a Trump presidency would mean for women, families and business owners Wednesday evening in Troy during a business roundtable and community forum.

“My father swings for the fences, but he executes,” Trump told a crowd of about 1,000 people gathered at the Detroit Marriott Troy. “He’s going to dream big for our country. He’s not going to be afraid of our success.”

Among her father’s plans, she said were a paid maternity-leave plan, $20 billion in block grant funding for schools and fewer regulations for businesses.

Trump’s appearance in Troy comes less than a week before the presidential election. She isn’t the only Trump family member in town drumming up support for the Republican candidate. Earlier Wednesday, Donald Trump Jr. spoke before an audience in Detroit and college students in East Lansing.

Earlier in the evening, Trump shared her perspective as a daughter during a private Michigan Women in Business Roundtabletel.

“I actually always say I’m not a surrogate,” she said. “I view myself as a child and I feel that the way that I can really talk about my father the most uniquely and the most authentically is him as a parent and him as a leader, having the privilege of being in a family business. ... I’ve seen him time and time again set goals that inspire the tens of thousands of people that work for him.”

The gathering of about 20 women business leaders brought concerns about the cost of health care for small businesses, taxes and business regulations.

Eileen Tesh, a retired divorce attorney who now serves as a consultant for small businesses, said she supports Trump for president because he’s a businessman.

“He’s not a politician,” said the 57-year-old Algonac resident, adding that lies and scandal surround Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. “Where’s the trust?”

Tesh said things have been difficult as a business owner. “No breaks for the small business,” she said.

Tesh added: “There’s nobody better to reflect a parent than a child. And her love for him, her respect for him as a businessman and parent.”

Troy resident Cynthia Khan, 60, and her daughter Immar Khan, 32, learned about the community forum an hour before it was to start.

“She’s wonderful,” Cynthia Khan said. “We like her very much. I think she knows what she’s saying.”

“She has a strong personality,” Immar Khan added. “She’s can relate to the younger generation and she’s a business woman.”

The appearance came Wednesday as Donald Trump Jr. campaigned in Detroit, East Lansing and west Michigan while U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont campaigned for Clinton in Kalamazoo and Traverse City.

President Bill Clinton made an unannounced, surprise visit Wednesday night to Detroit to plot strategy for turning out more African-American voters.

Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence will visit a Kalamazoo-area museum Thursday afternoon, while Hillary Clinton visits Detroit’s Eastern Market on Friday afternoon.

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