Devos becomes unlikely ally as Trump prepares to rescind transgender bathroom guidelines for public school
The New York Times has published a piece claiming Trump’s controversial Department of Education leader was the dissenting voice in the hopes of rolling back protections for transgender students.
Betsy Devos, the billionaire businesswoman who barely passed Senate approval as Trumps DOE nominee, had been considered an ally to the religious right in their fight to keep transgender students in bathrooms aligned with their gender identity, but according to a NYT piece published today, she pushed back as Trump and AG Jeff Sessions urged otherwise:
Ms. DeVos initially resisted signing off on the order and told President Trump that she was uncomfortable with it, according to three Republicans with direct knowledge of the internal discussions. The draft order would reverse the directives put in place last year by the Obama administration to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice.
Mr. Sessions, who strongly opposes expanding gay, lesbian and transgender rights, fought Ms. DeVos on the issue and pressed her to relent because he could not go forward without her consent. The order must come from the Justice and Education Departments.
“What’s unfortunate about this rescission (of policy) is that it sends a message to transgender students that the administration doesn’t respect them, does not have their backs.”March 7, 2017
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