Trump Press Secretary Denies ‘Transgender’ Restroom Directives Are ‘Priority’ as Admin Set to Issue New Guidelines

WASHINGTON — White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters on Wednesday that the issue of restroom use by “transgender” students is not a priority for the administration, although it is expected to release new guidelines on the matter at some point today, possibly sending the matter back to the states.

“The issue of transgender bathrooms wasn’t one we heard a lot about from the president during the campaign. He said at one point [that] Caitlyn Jenner could use whichever bathroom she wanted to at Trump Tower. So why is this now a priority for the administration 40 days into office?” NBC reporter Hallie Jackson asked Spicer during the daily press briefing.

“It’s not a priority,” he replied, explaining that the matter is only being dealt with at this point in time because there is a case regarding the issue before the U.S. Supreme Court.

“There is a case pending in the Supreme Court in which we have to decide whether or not to continue to issue guidance to the Court. It’s dictated by that,” Spicer outlined. “We now have to decide whether or not this administration wants to continue that track that they were on. It’s plain and simple.”

“If we don’t—but there are problems both in the legal and process way in which that guidance was issued,” he continued. “And so it’s incumbent upon us to actually follow the law and to recognize that Title IX never talked about this. It was enacted in 1972. There was no discussion of this back then, and to assume certain elements of the law were thought of back then with respect to this would be completely preposterous.”

As previously reported, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral argument next month regarding a Virginia school board’s appeal of a ruling siding with the Obama administration’s demand that it allow a female student who identifies as male to use the boys’ restroom.

The Obama administration had also issued directives last year that warned that “[a]s a condition of receiving federal funds, a school agrees that it will not exclude, separate, deny benefits to, or otherwise treat differently on the basis of sex any person in its educational programs or activities unless expressly authorized to do so under Title IX or its implementing regulations.” The matter resulted in a legal challenge from over a dozen states.

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Spicer said that because of the case before the Supreme Court and matters involving the previous directives, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice have been going over the Obama administration’s 2016 memo and will issue new guidelines on the matter.

“They’ve been reviewing the guidance that was signed, the basis by which it was put through. And I think there have been several areas of concern, both legal and procedural, that they have been discussing,” he explained.

Spicer noted that President Trump believes the issue should be left up to the states.

“I’ve made this clear and the president’s made it clear throughout the campaign that he is a firm believer in states’ rights and that certain issues like this are not best dealt with at the federal level,” he said.

“The president has maintained for a long time that this is a state’s right issue and not one for the federal government,” Spicer had likewise remarked on Tuesday when asked about the matter. “So while there will be further guidance coming out this, I think that all you need to do is look at what the president’s view has been for a long time—that this is not something that the federal government should be involved in; this is a states’ rights issue.”

As previously reported, earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice withdrew the previous administration’s request for a stay of an injunction against the Obama-era restroom policy in a lawsuit involving 13 states that had sued over the matter.


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  • fluffthebunny

    Why does the author put “scare quotes” around the word transgender? Does the author believe transgender people don’t exist?

  • Lexical Cannibal

    I mean, he also said that Trump had the biggest inauguration ever, so take tgat as you will, I suppose.

  • Royce E. Van Blaricome

    Too bad we don’t have a POTUS and a WH Spokesman who can’t just come out and say that there is no such things as a Transgender and therefore no legal protections required.

    • Ambulance Chaser

      You want a POTUS and WH spokesman to lie? Trans people very much exist.

      • Amos Moses

        yep … that mental illness does exist ………

        • Royce E. Van Blaricome

          As well as the other things I mentioned. I tend to think it is less a result of “mental illness” as it is a “spiritual deadness”. Romans 1, John 3:19-20, etc.

          • Amos Moses

            agreed …. we have a spiritual view ….. those unregenerate do not ….

        • Balerion

          Indeed. Like believing in some magical sky fairy who created everything in six days and is going to send the vast majority of everyone he’s supposedly “created” to hell to burn for all eternity…

          • Amos Moses

            “Like believing in some magical sky fairy who created everything ”

            is that a scientific, theological, or personal opinion …… and where is your evidence ….. absence of evidence is not evidence of absence ……….

      • Royce E. Van Blaricome

        Of course not and NOTHING from my statement could remotely be construed as to say such. But you, on the other hand, just publicly displayed for all to see that you are a Liar just like your father, Satan, who is the author of all lies.

        “Trans people” as you call them are a figment of the imagination of Mankind who wishes to cling to their sin rather than the Savior. They most certain do NOT exist for those who wish to deal with Truth and Reality.

        Just because someone CHOOSES to engage in a BEHAVIOR of putting on the clothing of the opposite sex, or wearing makeup, or behaving in some other way does not make them another gender. As I’ve said many times now, what it makes them is Deceived, Deluded, in Denial, Demonically Influenced/Possessed, or a combination of those.

        Being a man or woman and putting on the clothes or behaving in any way as the opposite sex does NOT change the truth of who that person is no more than having body modifications to make yourself look like a parrot, tiger, cat, etc. And before you go to the FEELINGS bit, “feeling” like the opposite sex no more changes Truth and Reality that a human being who FEELS like a parrot, tiger, cat, etc.

        “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Gen. 1:27)

        And there it is. In a nutshell. TRUTH!! God created them MALE and FEMALE. Period. NO exceptions. NO fluidity. Your either male or female. That’s it!!

        Now stop being so doggone hateful and feeding into the Deception, Delusion, Denial, and Depravity of those who need help. That is perhaps the most unloving thing one human could do to another.

        “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 6:23)

        And that’ s not just physical death but eternal spiritual-death. So just STOP IT!!! STOP killing people and leading them into the eternal torment that comes with spending ALL Eternity in the Lake of Fire.

        Of course, in order for you to actually stop doing that and actually start loving folks, you’re gonna have to surrender as a slave to the Lord Jesus Christ first and beg Him to make you a New Creation by being Born Again.

        All that said, congratulations! You’ve earned yourself the Plato Award!!

        “Wise men speak because they have something to say, fools speak because they have to say something” – Plato

        • Ambulance Chaser

          Okay, we’ll, if you’re done ranting, all major medical organizations in America recognize trans people as A) existing B) suffering from a biological conditioning that cannot be controlled or changed, but is measurable.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            No rant there at all. But thanks for showing how the Liberals work again. Falsely characterize what’s said or who said it and then rely on falling back on the typical reliance upon the so-called “expert” people and “major” organizations as long as they agree with your POV.

            No, “Trans'” people do NOT exist. What does exist is Deception, Delusion, Denial, Demonically Influenced/Possessed, or a combination of those.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Yes, and you’ve proven this because you stomp your foot and scream that it is so.

            Whereas I have science.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            Lying again I see. No stomping of the foot or screaming here. As for the rest…

            “Whereas I have the science I choose to accept and the rest I just ignore or try to discredit by saying they’re not “experts” or “major”.

            There, I fixed it for ya.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Well then let me fix it back.

            I have science. You have anger.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            Lies again. No anger here. Another false characterization. Once again proving all you have.

            I’ll fix it for ya again.

            “I have the science I choose to accept and the rest I just ignore or try to discredit by saying they’re not “experts” or “major”.

            There, I fixed it for ya again. There’s PLENTY of science that proves otherwise and here’s a REALLY BIG point you seem to have missed. SCIENCE IS NOT BASED ON FEELINGS!!!!

          • Ambulance Chaser

            OK, let’s see some of this “science” you have.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            Sure. Go see “Genesis In History”. Just got back from the theatre and it’s chocked full of actual Science. Aside from that, try a simple Google search. There is NO shortage of actual Science. Check out CRI, CMI, AIG and an absolutely SUPERB piece of actual Scientific Evidence that PROVES Evolution as it’s been understood for years can be found by a Google search for “Larry Vardiman+RATE”.

            Now, that should keep you busy for some time. From there you could even go the the site where oodles of Scientists, MOST of them Atheists, sign a document saying the continued teaching of the Big Bang is wrong because it’s scientifically false.

            Of course, I really do NOT expect you to be open-minded enough to actually let the science speak to you.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            None of that A) qualifies as science or B) has anything to do with the discussion at hand.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            LOL. Oh how I love when the spiritually-dead dolts having NOTHING else to fall back on than the imbecilic “Huh uh! Not true. Not gonna believe it. I prefer to sit here with my hands over my eyes and plug my ears!”

            So yes, it DOES qualify as Science. What Scientists are teaching today are NOT facts. They are interpretations of observations!!
            Don’t miss that!! Scientists are NOT teaching facts but rather interpretations of observations. And those interpretations come from a Starting Point based on their Worldview. It is absolutely imperative to understand this in order to use critical thinking when evaluating what they are saying.

            The majority of Scientists today are dedicated to interpreting our world thru rigid philosophical naturalism. THAT is their Starting Point.

            But, regardless of how much you and your ilk try to debunk those with an opposing worldview and completely disregard their findings and even reject them as Scientists, it does NOT change one iota they are Scientists and use Scientific Methodology.

            But hey, thank you once again for showing all ya got. Denial is such a powerful force. Now you may go on back and bury your head in the sand again.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Okay, so, some peer reviewed journal articles now, please.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            Okay. 100 psychologists studied the issue of Pedophilia and 99 of them say it’s a perfectly normal and natural desire and behavior. They each reviewed the others work and all come to the same conclusion.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            A) that’s not a citation and B) that has nothing to do with the topic at hand.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            Yes it is and yes it does. Your inability to see it and understand it is your problem.

          • hamfish

            You don’t see the irony in your belief that an imaginary sky fairy created everything, yet transgender people aren’t “real” people.

    • johndoe

      Hopefully, this is taken to court like trumpys Muslim ban.

      • RWH

        Trump has been backpedaling on a number of issues. That he said that Kaitlyn Jenner could use any bathroom that she wants says it all. A number of leading Evangelicals have been tripping over themselves slobbering over Trump in the hopes that he will grant their every wish. Hopefully, they will wake up and realize that Trump is out for Trump and that he is not a social conservative. He’s going to get people into power that look like they’re conservatives so that he can throw the conservatives a bone, but the ones he has gotten into office so far are not going to do anything to help the conservatives. The new Supreme Court nominee, for example, goes to a church that is quite open and affirming of gays, and he supported a clerk in his gay marriage. This is the type of guy who will make conservative decisions, but he will not be rolling back any progress that the gays have made. If he is seated before Baronnel’s flower case reaches the court, my guess is that he will vote to refuse to hear the case–or he will side with the expanded 1964 Civil Rights act and tell the conservatives that they have to play nice with gay people who want cakes and flowers.

      • Royce E. Van Blaricome

        Well, you can put your hope in the hands of 8 or 9 people. Not me. SCOTUS and no other individual or group of men will ever decide what Truth and Reality are.

        Though I must confess and admit that it would be VERY interesting to see what the Liberals would do should SCOTUS hand down a ruling that states there is NO evidence that Transgenderism even exists anywhere but in the mind of a deceived, deluded, depraved, and/or demonically-influenced/possessed person.

        It would be absolutely hilarious to watch those who are so quick to shout, “SCOTUS SAYS…!! when it comes to something like SSM then turnaround and try to argue from a position that it doesn’t matter what SCOTUS says! LOL

        I have little doubt that God has a sense of humor. Perhaps we’ll get to see that.

        • Ambulance Chaser

          SCOTUS would never hand down that ruling because that’s not what it does.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            Evidently you don’t know the History of SCOTUS very well.. But thanks again for falling back on your false characterizations and lies. I never declared any such thing. Or I could say…

            Which you might know if you’d listen once in a while instead of declaring yourself an expert in all topics and lecturing people about them. But then if I did, I’d have the same Giant Sequoia Tree sticking outta my eye socket as you do yours.

            Evidently you didn’t learn anything the first time I said it so I’ll repeat it again for you…

            “Wise men speak because they have something to say, fools speak because they have to say something” – Plato

  • Joshua Zeegers

    Homosexuality is a sin. I do not hate homosexual people. They deserve to be treated with kindness and warned.

    • Michael C

      That’s nice.

      Nothing about the topic of this article relates in any way to homosexuality. …but thanks for your kindness.

    • hamfish

      The concept of “sin” is as man-made as your king of the fairies.

      • Amos Moses

        no evidence ………….

        • hamfish

          ……that God exists. Nice to see people thinking.

          • Amos Moses

            no evidence he is as you say He is ………. FAIL ………..

            so is that a scientific, theological, or personal opinion ………… cant be science …. no evidence ……..

          • Amos Moses

            BTW …. it does not take “thinking” to deny His existence ……….. it takes anti-thinking ….. it takes denial of truth ……… it is lazy ……

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Today’s Western culture puts moral people in the defensive mode; that’s what’s so wrong about today’s West and its mental slaves.

  • Amos Moses

    1.) President Trump on Wednesday rescinded an Obama administration order to all public schools which stated that, in order to comply with federal law, all school policies must be based on “gender identity” and not biological sex.

    2.) The overturned Obama order directed schools to thoroughly prove students’ gender identity before allowing them access to the opposite sex’s bathrooms and locker rooms by just asking them if that’s how they really feel.

    3.) The overturned Obama order also confirmed that no high school boy would ever pretend to identify as a female in order to be able to shower with naked girls.

    4.) The overturned Obama order also mandated large litter boxes be available for students identifying as otherkin.

    5.) The overturned Obama order also declared that any father who would be upset about his daughter being forced to share a bathroom and locker room with a biological male is a terrible, disgusting, pig-faced equivalent of a KKK member circa 1960.

    6.) By rescinding the order, President Trump has delivered a significant setback for humanity, sending us back to the Dark Ages of pre-May 2016.

    7.) In his statement rescinding the order, President Trump specifically encouraged discriminating against, bullying, and harassing all members of the transgender community, as vigorously and often as possible.

    8.) Trump titled his statement I Obviously Hate People With Gender Dysphoria Because I Am Asking Everyone To Use The Restroom Of Their Biological Sex Like Everyone Has Done Since The Beginning Of Time.

    9.) Critics of Trump’s move cite a desire to protect transgender students from feeling uncomfortable because they have to share facilities with members of what they perceive as the opposite sex, while also having an easy way to identify intolerant bigots (non-transgender students who feel uncomfortable sharing facilities with members of the opposite sex)….

  • Royce E. Van Blaricome

    For those who might like to read an outstanding article on the issue of so-called and falsely labeled “Transgenderism” and children just Google “Gender Ideology Harms Children” and read the updated paper.

    Of course the spiritually-dead, God-hating, sin-clinging folks who live in Denial and support those who do will come back and say these “healthcare professionals” aren’t really and don’t have any credibility.

    Why? Well, because they don’t agree with them of course.