Donald Trump has remained fairly quiet after a memo was leaked that said that the president’s administration would be defining people only as male and female (determinate by their genitals). The news sparked major and necessary outrage from the LGBTQ community and allies who say that the president cannot simply delete people from existence who do not fit on the gender binary.
Now, Trump is saying that he simply wants to protect the country. “We have a lot of different concepts right now. They have a lot of different things happening with respect to transgender right now,” he said. When Reuters asked him about his campaign promise to protect the LGBT community he responded: “I’m protecting everybody. I want to protect our country.”