By David Wright
Donald Trump said Thursday that Caitlyn Jenner could use whatever bathroom she preferred in Trump Tower, and suggested that people should use “whatever bathroom they feel is appropriate.”
Trump was asked about transgender bathroom policy during a town hall on the “Today” show on NBC, discussing in particular the contentious North Carolina measure and his own beliefs on the issue.
“Oh, I had a feeling that question was going to come up, I will tell you,” Trump said. “Well look, North Carolina did something that was very strong, and they’re paying a big price, and there’s a lot of problems.”
The Republican front-runner then said he had heard the issue debated on TV, and agreed with a commentator’s argument to “leave it the way it is.”
“You leave it the way it is,” he said. “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, and the problem with what happened in North Carolina is the strife and the economic punishment that they’re taking. So I would say that’s probably the best way.”
Trump was asked specifically by host Matt Lauer: “If Caitlyn Jenner were to walk into Trump Tower, and wanted to use the bathroom, you would be fine with her using any bathroom she chooses?”
“That is correct,” Trump said.
The real estate mogul also rejected the idea that buildings should provide a third bathroom for transgender people, saying that would be “discriminatory in a certain way” in addition to prohibitively expensive.