This Day in Trump, Day 34: Bathroom Rule Scrapped, UT Chancellor's Warning

WASHINGTON — Day 34 was fairly quiet for President Donald Trump -- until the evening, when he issued an order erasing federal protections for transgender students.He put off issuing a new ban on travel from Muslim countries, and most of the day passed before the administration unveiled new rules on which bathrooms transgender students must use.Trump huddled over lunch with budget advisers but gave little indication of how he'll structure a spending plan he's expected to issue in about a month."The finances of our country are a mess," he told reporters before a working lunch with his new budget director and others. "We must do a lot more with less. ... In all fairness — I've only been here for four weeks, so I can't take too much of the blame for what's happened. But it is absolutely out of control."Highlight of the dayTrump had promised to issue an updated travel ban this week but on Wednesday, aides said that will be delayed until next week. They gave no explanation.Similarly, aides said all day that the administration would issue new rules regarding the use of bathrooms by transgender students. The issue reportedly prompted a feud between Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Sessions pushed to overturn Obama-era rules. DeVos resisted.Finally, the word came down. The new president had reversed the old one's order from May 2016 that said schools had to let transgender students to use the bathroom matching their gender identity. Sessions, in rescinding that requirement, said federal laws would still protect the LGBT students from "discrimination."Dissenting voices  Continue reading...

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