Gay GOP Group Wrongly Praises Trump For Easing Gay Blood Ban: ‘No, I Didn’t Know Anything About That’

The Log Cabin Republicans, a conservative LGBT group, heaped praise on President Trump for his supposed role in the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to ease restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with men – despite Trump admitting he “didn’t know anything about” the policy change.

The new FDA guidelines, announced last week, reduce the donation deferral period for sexually active gay and bisexual men from 12 months to three, meaning these otherwise healthy men will now have to abstain from same-sex sexual activity for 90 days before they are eligible to donate blood.

The new guidelines will remain in place throughout the duration of the coronavirus pandemic which has caused “unprecedented challenges” to the national blood supply and will be updated to incorporate public comment within 60 days of the national emergency being lifted.

Asked about the updated guidelines on Friday, Trump told White House reporters: “No, I didn’t know anything about that. That was done by the FDA – very capable people – at the FDA,” he said before moving on to another question.

The Log Cabin Republicans issued a press release that praised Trump for the FDA’s rule change while falsely blaming former President Barack Obama’s administration for the gay blood ban, which was first put in place in 1983.

The ban was first loosened under Obama in 2015, from a lifetime ban on blood donation from men who have sex with men to one year since the last time a man has had sex with another man, reports LGBTQNation.

Charles T. Moran, the LCR’s spokesman, said, “President Trump’s direction to cut through the FDA bureaucracy and red-tape is one of many steps his Administration is taking to combat the crisis, and we’re thankful for his leadership and quick thinking in relaxing the outdated Obama-era restrictions. With the need for blood quickly becoming a priority, America can count on this Administration’s actions to end gay men’s blood being devalued.”

Moran later repeated his false claim that Trump had “ordered” the change, telling the Washington Blade: “I stand by my statement that he had a role in this.”

“On March 19, President Trump ordered the ‘removal of outdated FDA rules and bureaucracy,’” Moran said. “That’s exactly what happened when the FDA issued its relaxed guidelines. … So yes, I stand by my statement that he had a role in this.”

Lucas Acosta, national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, responded to Moran’s statement.

“LGBTQ people are not Trump’s priority,” he said. “Never have been, and by every indicator, never will be.”