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Trump says he will 'protect' LGBT federal employees

President Trump says he will not overturn Obama's executive orders to protect LGBT federal employees.
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The Sun

Amid rumors this week that President Trump would sign an executive order to remove LGBT rights in the workplace, the White House released a statement on Tuesday saying he will not overturn Obama's 2014 protections for federal LGBT employees.  

"President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights, just as he was throughout the election,” The White House said today. "The President is proud to have been the first ever GOP (Republican) nominee to mention the LGBTQ community in his nomination acceptance speech, pledging then to protect the community from violence and oppression."

These words come during a week-long barrage of executive orders from the president who vowed to build a wall along the southwestern border of the U.S.and ban immigration from people in seven countries.

The pro-LGBT statement from the White House may create some backlash from conservative parties who had hoped he would overturn Obama's LGBT protections.

Despite the somewhat comforting words from Trump's administration, the community is apprehensive as discrimination laws could still be implemented should he make an executive order to allow "religious freedom" sanctions into federal policy.

The president is also poised to pick a reactionary Supreme Court Justice on Tuesday, filling a spot left vacant for nearly a year.

That choice could cause another flurry of criticisms among gay rights groups, especially if the candidate is vehemently opposed to transgender rights or same-sex marriage.

Today’s statement is not comforting to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) who feel the president’s recent actions are only a precursor of what is yet to come.

“LGBTQ refugees, immigrants, Muslims and women are scared today, and with good reason,” said Chad Griffin of the ACLU. “Donald Trump has done nothing but undermine equality since he set foot in the White House.”