The Latest: Trump says non-gender bathrooms ‘discriminatory’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on campaign 2016 (all times Eastern):

8:15 a.m.

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” 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 says.

Still, he says he’s 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.


7:45 a.m.

Melania Trump says there’s one habit she wishes her husband, Donald Trump, would give up: “Retweeting.”

The wife of the Republican presidential front-runner offered the response while speaking on NBC’s “Today” ahead of a town hall event taking place in midtown Manhattan.

Melania Trump has long taken issue with her husband’s Twitter use. She told CNN’s Anderson Cooper recently that she’s tried to rein it in, with little success.

“Anderson, if he would only listen. I do say it many times,” she said then.

Trump has long described his social media following as an asset that gives him the power to broadcast his own message.

But it’s also gotten him in trouble.

He does appear to have toned down his Twitter use since re-shuffling of his campaign and bringing in more experienced operatives in recent weeks.


3:00 a.m.

The messy fight for the Republican presidential nomination is shifting to a luxury seaside resort in south Florida as Donald Trump and chief rival Ted Cruz quietly court party leaders ahead of another set of high-stakes delegate contests.

Cruz has conceded publicly for the first time that he doesn’t have enough support to claim the nomination before the party’s summertime national convention. But the Texas senator vows to block Trump from collecting the necessary delegates as well.

Campaigning in Indiana on Wednesday, Trump railed against his party’s leadership, even as his senior lieutenants courted GOP officials in Florida.

Trump and the Democratic front-runner, Hillary Clinton, are pushing ahead toward Northeast primaries on an increasingly direct path to their party’s nomination after trouncing their opponents in New York’s primary.

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