DeVos resisted rescinding protections because of potential harm to transgender students.

Photo by Doug Mills for the New York Times

President Donald Trump has rescinded the federal rules on school bathrooms for transgendered students. This despite resistance from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos because of the potential harm that rescinding the protections could cause transgender students. However Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, who has opposed expanding transgender rights, pressured DeVos to relent. DeVos, faced with the alternative of resigning or defying the president, agreed to go along with the order.

The rescinding of the protections seems to go against Donald Trump’s message during the election, where he supported transgender bathroom rights. In a town hall meeting on the Today Show on April 21, 2016 Trump was asked,”If Caitlyn Jenner came into rump tower and wanted to use the bathroom, you would be fine with her using any bathroom she chooses?” Trump responded, “That is correct.”

Press secretary Sean Spicer defended the order during the daily briefing on Tuesday saying, “The President has maintained for a long time that this is a states’ right issue.”

To read more on this story in The New York Times article click here.

Watch the comment by Sean Spicer from the WH.com video here:

Watch the video of then candidate Donald Trump’s town hall on the Today Show here:

 

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