President Trump signs anti-LGBTQ executive order, names Betsy DeVos as Health and Human Services Secretary

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order reviving a policy that would force LGBT people to use public bathrooms that match their biological sex.

The order was signed Friday afternoon by the president and Betsy DeVos, who is Trump’s pick to be secretary of education.

Trump has previously advocated for the rule.

He previously told The Associated Press in January that he believed the policy was necessary to protect children from sexual predators.

The president said during his confirmation hearing that he supported the policy, saying he wanted to make sure “people who come into our country are protected.”

The order also includes an executive action to establish a task force on transgender health.

Trump signed the order Friday evening at the White House.

He said he signed the executive order after speaking with DeVos on the phone on Thursday.

The Associated White House Correspondents Association said the administration had already spent nearly $3 million on publicizing the executive action.

The White House says the money will be spent on educating Americans on the policy.

The AP reports that Trump’s announcement is the first such executive order in the White Capitol since President Barack Obama took office in 2009.

The news comes as lawmakers are pushing for a federal investigation into the bathroom policies in schools, in addition to the possibility of lawsuits.

The Senate passed a resolution Thursday afternoon urging a federal probe into the issue.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement that the bathroom policy is part of a “fundamental pattern of discrimination and harassment against our transgender citizens.”

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