The Trump administration has yet to announce its policy on how to deal with the growing number of transgender people living in the United States, but the president has made no secret of his desire to change how the federal government handles this issue.
The administration has released a set of guidance for federal agencies to follow, and a draft of its final policy, issued in January, was leaked last month.
The Trump transition team has also indicated that it would be ready to go to court if states and cities refuse to provide bathrooms and locker rooms for transgender people.
The president’s transition team did not respond to a request for comment.
“I don’t want to say it’s not the case,” Trump said at the time.
“It’s the same case with the people of California.”
While Trump’s transition was publicly mum on the issue, it has now publicly called for a court challenge to the new guidance.
“The President-elect has made it very clear that he intends to repeal the Obama-era protections,” transition spokesperson Stephanie Grisham said in a statement to Newsweek.
“We will defend the rights of all Americans regardless of their gender identity.”
In the new policy, the Trump administration says states can continue to use their existing laws to protect transgender people from discrimination.
And the Trump transition said states will be allowed to decide whether or not to sue over the guidance, which is scheduled to go into effect in February 2019.
The transition has also proposed changing the law to make it easier to fire employees who do not follow the new standards.
But it has not released any new guidance on how states and localities can opt out of the guidance.
In the meantime, the Obama administration was already working on new guidelines that would apply to transgender people who want to use the bathroom or locker room that aligns with their gender.
And on Tuesday, the president tweeted a link to a video of an interview with an anti-transgender activist named Mike Cernovich, who said that Trump was “willing to sign whatever the hell they say.”
The Trump team did make a brief statement saying that the Trump-appointed Justice Department would not pursue legal action against states that don’t comply with the guidance: Trump has been clear that if a state does not respect the constitutional rights of the people, then they are not going to be part of the United State.
The Department of Justice has been reviewing these guidance to ensure that it does not pose a threat to people’s safety.
The White House also issued a statement saying the guidance is consistent with federal civil rights law.