After the Trump administration issued its decision Wednesday evening to rescind guidance allowing transgender students to use school restrooms that align with their gender identity, a protest against the action was held just outside the White House and a number of lawmakers and other high-profile Americans spoke out.
The decision says that the Obama administration guidance caused legal confusion and sparked lawsuits and said the matter should be determined by the states instead. But it did not affect other safeguards against harassment and bullying.
Gavin Grimm, a transgender teenager who sued the Gloucester County, Virginia school board in 2015 to use the male bathroom at his school -- a case that will be heard by the Supreme Court in March -- spoke to the gathering in Washington, saying his story "is the story of many young people around the nation."
"I struggled to come to terms with who I am and who I’m meant to be," said Grimm. But unlike many young people, my local school...
A friend and confidante of President Donald Trump says he believes that the administration has "been doing too much," and that "they’ve got to slow down" and tone down its confrontation with the media.
Chris Ruddy, CEO of conservative outlet Newsmax Media, has been a friend of Trump’s for nearly 20 years, much of that time as a member of the president’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach. He told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein on the "Powerhouse Politics" podcast that the administration has been experiencing "messaging problems" during the first month in office, but calling those issues chaos "overstates it."
Ruddy said that all of the cabinet members are "A or A+ people," but that Trump’s inexperience as a politician means he’s on a "learning curve."
"He is used to being very reactive, shooting from the hip and just telling people what he thinks," Ruddy said. "I think there’s a view within the inside that they’ve been doing too much, that they’re stepping all over...
As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly stepped off a plane in Mexico Wednesday evening, tensions were brewing there over new guidance from the administration about deportations, border patrol and President Trump's long-promised wall on the southern border.
While Kelly's department issued the guidelines, they now threaten to undermine such a high-level trip. Some fear that an immigration crackdown will result, despite the administration's attempts to ensure that mass deportations are not in the works.
The announcement caught the Mexican government by surprise and put officials there on a defensive footing just a day before the visit. But even as the Mexican foreign minister issued a blistering statement, the White House denied that anything was wrong.
"The relationship with Mexico is phenomenal right now," said White House press secretary Sean Spicer Wednesday.
The foreign trip is the first for Kelly and the second for Tillerson -- although...