(EDGE) Does Donald Trump's idea of transgender inclusion only apply to celebrities?
Nearly a month after saying it was OK for Caitlyn Jenner to use any bathroom in Trump Tower, presumptive 2016 GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump announced he would rescind the Obama administration's new policies aimed to protect transgender people.
Although he believes the government should "protect all people," Trump said that the matter should be addressed by the states. This in light of the fact that in recent months, anti-transgender "bathroom bills" were signed into law in North Carolina and Mississippi.
"It is a very, very small portion of the population, but as I said, you have to protect everybody, including small portions of the population," Trump said during the interview with the Washington Post.
Trump's comments follow the Obama administration's landmark directive Friday that called on all public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice. The directive also prohibited health insurance providers from denying coverage and services based on gender identity.
While many of his fellow Republicans decried the Obama administration's directives as an overreach of the federal government, Trump spoke with the WaPo in "a markedly different manner," according to the paper.
"I think we have to help people," Trump said. "I don't view it as civil rights or not civil rights. I think it's something where we have to help people - and hopefully the states will make the right decisions."
The WaPo notes Trump is eager to learn more about the transgender experience in America.
"It's actually a very interesting subject to me," Trump said. "It's certainly an issue that's getting a lot of play and it's an issue that I'm studying very closely."