Donald Trump has dropped a transgender policy that was in place since he took office, according to a statement released Tuesday by House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Trump said Tuesday he was removing a requirement that transgender individuals who seek hormone therapy in the United States be able to apply for gender reassignment surgery, but would not specify what his replacement would do.
The announcement comes a day after the Republican-controlled House voted to repeal the Obama-era transgender directive.
The House voted 234-206 to pass a bill that would repeal the directive on March 12.
The measure passed the Senate, which has not yet voted.
Trump’s announcement was the latest twist in a saga that has seen Republicans battle to defend a policy that critics say discriminates against the LGBTQ community.
A coalition of gay rights and civil rights groups and other conservative groups called on Trump to rescind the directive, saying it was discriminatory and unnecessary.
Trump had vowed to repeal his predecessor’s policy.
He said in a tweet Tuesday that he was withdrawing the transgender rule.
The transgender rule is bad for business.
It’s been a long time coming.
We must fight for it!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 6, 2020