President Trump Open To Meet With Jackie Evancho

Katie Jerkovich | Entertainment Reporter

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said President Donald Trump would welcome the opportunity to meet with Jackie Evancho Thursday.

During the daily press briefing, a reporter asked Spicer about the president meeting with the 16-year-old singer who sang the national anthem at Trump’s inauguration. This comes after she requested a meeting for her and her transgender sister with the president following the removal of Barack Obama’s transgender bathroom guidelines. (RELATED: Celebrities Furious That Trump Removed Obama’s Transgender Bathroom Guidelines)

Classical crossover star Jackie Evancho performs during A Capitol Fourth - Rehearsals at U.S. Capitol, West Lawn, on July 3, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capital Concerts)

(Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capital Concerts)

“I think the president would be welcome to meet with her,” Spicer responded. (RELATED: FREE AT LAST: Trump Revokes Obama’s Public School Transgender Bathroom Free-For-All)

The press secretary also pushed back on attacks by the press that the move was a reversal of Obama’s administrative order.

“The president believes it’s a states’ rights issue,” Spicer said. “And he [Trump] is very sympathetic to children who deal with that. And that this is up to states and schools within a particular district to address how they want to accommodate that and not the prescription from Washington. That’s what the president believes.”

Evancho reached out to the president via Twitter after the news broke about the reversal of the bathroom policy.

“I am obviously disappointed in the @POTUS decision to send the #transgender bathroom issue to the states to decide. #sisterlove,” Evancho tweeted. Adding, “[email protected] u gave me the honor 2 sing at your inauguration. Pls give me & my sis the honor 2 meet with u 2 talk #transgender rghts.”

Katie Jerkovich

Entertainment Reporter


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