Trump bats for transgenders

2016-04-21 17:00
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump acknowledges supporters while leaving Trump Tower in New York. (AP)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump acknowledges supporters while leaving Trump Tower in New York. (AP)

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Washington - Donald Trump says he believes transgender people should be able to use whichever bathroom they choose.

Speaking at a town hall event on NBC's Today on Thursday, Trump said North Carolina's so-called "bathroom law", which directs transgender people to use the bathroom that matches the gender on their birth certificates, has caused unnecessary strife.

"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," he said. 

Still, he said he was opposed to the move to create new, non-gendered bathrooms open to anyone, calling that push "discriminatory in a certain way" and "unbelievably expensive for businesses and the country".

He says if Caitlyn Jenner, formerly former Olympic gold medal winner Bruce Jenner, were to walk into Trump Tower, she could use whichever bathroom she wanted.

The GOP frontrunner's opponent, Ted Cruz, criticised him, saying he was giving in to "political correctness".

Cruz said:  "Grown adult men, strangers, should not be alone in a bathroom with little girls."

He said his view was "basic common sense".

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