President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order to reverse the Obama administration’s decision to allow transgender people to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity.
Trump, in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) on Wednesday, called the Obama directive “a huge mistake” that should be reversed.
“We’re going to be reversing it, and we’re going be reversing the order that they had issued, which was not just to the military but also to people of all backgrounds, people who are in the military,” Trump said.
The executive order Trump intends to sign is titled “A Proposal to Reject the Deprivation of Federal Aid to Transgender Individuals,” which would instruct the Department of Health and Human Services to stop funding federal agencies that do not provide transgender-specific services or benefits.
The Trump administration has also reversed the Obama order that would have allowed transgender people in military bathrooms to use a separate facility for the purposes of changing clothing and grooming.
The president has repeatedly threatened to rescind the Obama policy, saying it “violates every single aspect of the United States Constitution.”
On Wednesday, the White House released a statement from White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus saying that Trump is “deeply committed to ensuring the rights of all Americans to be treated with dignity and respect.”
“The president has said time and time again that he is a defender of the Constitution and the laws of the land and that we will not be bullied by those who seek to undermine the values and principles that we all stand for,” Priebus said.
“His executive order is simply another example of his commitment to upholding the rule of law and protecting our nation from those who would abuse the power of the federal government.”