Trump is determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community.
But Ivanka, Kushner and others pushed back against the order, and Trump ultimately chose to keep the 2014 decision in place, unnamed sources told Politico. "That's where the decision is ultimately being made".
A White House source told Politico the draft religious-freedom order that circulated around Washington was just one of several hundred being considered and never would have reached Trump's desk: "Some are real, some are drafts of things people like, and some are ideas people from outside have suggested".
The executive order has exposed what is likely to be a persistent schism in Mr. Trump's paradoxical presidency: He is a cosmopolitan New Yorker who has long operated in an environment where sexual orientation is often an afterthought, but is nonetheless beholden to the social conservatives who backed him overwhelmingly in 2016, despite reports of his crudeness and sexual misdeeds.
Members of the LGBT community were geared this week for President Trump to issue an executive order that would strike a serious blow against equality.
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According to Politico, Ivanka Trump and Kushner, who is both the president's senior advisor and son-in-law, reportedly played prominent roles in the turnaround.
After a draft executive order leaked and went public, the LGBT community was braced for an executive order that would take away their protections against discrimination by businesses. "The executive order signed in 2014, which protects employees from anti-LGBTQ workplace discrimination while working for federal contractors, will remain intact at the direction of President Donald J. Trump".
Another executive order anticipated by LGBT activists was a national "religious freedom" bill like those seen in states to allow discrimination if it comes from personally held religious beliefs.
"I think they're going to address the conflict that exists now, which would preclude religious organizations from contracting with the federal government", Family Research Council CEO Tony Perkins told Politico.