Trump says HB2 has caused 'unnecessary strife'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump says he believes transgender people should be able to use whichever bathroom they choose.

Speaking at a town hall event on NBC's "Today" Thursday, Trump said North Carolina's so-called "bathroom law," which directs transgender people to use the bathroom that matches the gender on their birth certificates, has caused unnecessary strife.

"There have been very few complaints the way it is. People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate. There has been so little trouble," he says.

Still, he says he's opposed to the move to create new, non-gendered bathrooms open to anyone, calling that push "discriminatory in a certain way" and "unbelievably expensive for businesses and the country."

He says if Caitlyn Jenner, formerly former Olympic gold medal winner Bruce Jenner, were to walk into Trump Tower, she could use whichever bathroom she wanted.

North Carolina Democratic Party Executive Director Kimberly Reynolds made the following statement in response to Trumps' comments on the NC bathroom law.

"Today Donald Trump joined the growing list of business leaders against HB2. Pat McCrory's discrimination law is so extreme even Donald Trump won't support it,” said North Carolina Democratic Party Executive Director Kimberly Reynolds. “Over 400 businesses and organizations, Republican officials like Nikki Haley, and now even Donald Trump are speaking out against this disastrous law. It's time for Pat McCrory to admit he made a mistake and repeal HB2." 

NC Governor McCrory's campaign made the following statement: 

"Governor McCrory has always said that North Carolina was getting along fine before the Charlotte city council passed its unneeded and overreaching ordinance. Now that it has been overturned, businesses can adopt their own policies - like Target has - instead of being mandated to allow men into women's restrooms by government. Where the governor disagrees with Mr. Trump is that bathroom and shower facilities in our schools should be kept separate and special accommodations made when needed. It's just common sense."
– Ricky Diaz, McCrory Campaign Spokesman
 

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