Trump: Transgenders Should 'Use the Bathroom That They Feel Is Appropriate'

Susan Jones | April 21, 2016 | 8:40am EDT
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Republican Donald Trump says he'd be fine with Caitlyn Jenner using the bathroom of her choice at Trump Tower. (AP File Photo)

( - Republican Donald Trump, appearing on Thursday's "Today" show, said transgenders should be allowed to "use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate."

"So if Caitlyn Jenner were to walk into Trump Tower and want to use the bathroom, you would be fine with her using any bathroom she chooses?" host Matt Lauer asked Trump.

"That is correct," Trump said.

Asked for his view on the North Carolina bathroom controversy, Trump said the state has "paid a big price" for requiring transgenders to use the restroom that corresponds with their biological sex.

"Leave it the way it is," he said.

"One of the best answers I heard was from a commentator yesterday, saying 'Leave it the way it is right now.' There have been very few problems. Leave it the way it is. North Carolina, what they're going through with all of the business that's leaving and all of the strife, and that's on both sides -- you leave it the way it is.

"There have been very few complaints the way it is. People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate. There has been so little trouble. And the problem with what happened in North Carolina is the strife, and the -- the economic punishment that they're taking."

Trump said he doesn't know if he has any transgender people working for him.  "I probably do, I really don't know."

Trump noted that there's a "big move to create new bathrooms" for transgenders.

"First of all, I think that would be discriminatory in a certain way. It would be unbelievably expensive for businesses and for the country. Leave it the way it is."

'The Federal Gov't Should Not Be Involved'

Trump was asked again Thursday night to explain his position on transgenders picking the bathroom they wish to use:

"[W]e have to take care of everybody, frankly," Trump told Fox New's Sean Hannity.

"And North Carolina, which is a great place -- which I won, by the way -- I love North Carolina -- and they have a law and it's a law that, you know, unfortunately, is causing them some problems...they are losing business and they are having a lot of people come out against.

"With me, I look at it differently. A community, whether it's North Carolina or local communities, really -- they should be involved. We have so many big issues to be thinking about, Sean. We have ISIS to worry about. We have bringing trade back. We have rebuilding our military.

"But I think this. I think that local communities and states should make the decision, and I feel very strongly about that. The federal government should not be involved."

Hannity jumped in: "In other words, let the state decide what local community decides, kind of like your position on education, give it back to the states."

"Yes, let them decide. Absolutely," Trump agreed.

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