During a live town hall on NBC’s “Today Show,” Thursday, GOP front-runner Donald Trump weighed in on the ongoing controversy over North Carolina’s new law that prevents transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice.
Trump said North Carolina is “paying a big price” for the law, which requires transgender people to use the public restroom that matches their birth gender.
The real estate magnate said there have been very few problems until now and lawmakers should have left things the way they were.
“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 – I mean, the economic punishment that they’re taking,” he said.
Co-anchor Matt Lauer followed up, asking Trump if he has transgender people working for his organization. Trump said he wasn’t sure.
Lauer then asked if Caitlyn Jenner were to walk into Trump Tower, would Trump be fine with Jenner using any bathroom she chose.
Trump quickly replied, “that is correct.”
Trump said it would be “unbelievably expensive” for businesses to build new bathrooms just for transgender people, adding “leave it the way it is.”