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Protections for LGBTQ federal workers to remain in place, White House says

President Donald Trump (left) was accompanied by senior-level staff members during a phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin Saturday.
President Donald Trump (left) was accompanied by senior-level staff members during a phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin Saturday.Andrew Harnik/AP

The Trump administration on Tuesday said it will continue to enforce regulations protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees in federal agencies.

“President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights, just as he was throughout the election,” read a news release issued by the White House press office. “The President is proud to have been the first ever GOP nominee to mention the LGBTQ community in his nomination acceptance speech, pledging then to protect the community from violence and oppression.”

The statement came after reports that Trump was considering scrapping enforcement of the regulations, according to The Washington Post.

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Executive orders signed by President Obama in 2014 prohibited discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender persons who work for federal agencies or associated contractors.

It’s the latest regulatory-related action from the new president, who has spent his early days in office signing a number of executive orders, most recently one limiting travel into the US from seven Muslim-majority nations.