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Caitlyn Jenner: Trump has been ‘extraordinarily disappointing’

Caitlyn Jenner says President Trump has “not been doing a very good job” when it comes to transgender issues, but she’s expressing optimism he can turn things around, noting “it’s not over yet.”

The former Olympian and “Keeping up With the Kardashians” star — a Republican who voted for Trump — says she hasn’t spoken to the commander in chief since he took office.

“Get over it!” says Jenner in an interview with Variety published Tuesday for its “Trans Hollywood” issue, asked what she would tell Trump if she met with him face-to-face.

{mosads}“I honestly don’t know what happened when he got in there,” Jenner, 68, adds. “It was extraordinarily disappointing.”

A Jenner source told Variety that the ex-reality TV fixture would like to meet with Trump after the midterm elections in November, and away from the cameras.

“Today, I’m very politically involved,” she says. “Nobody really knows it. I do it very quietly because I have been so criticized by the liberal side of the media. I can get more things done if I don’t stick my nose into everything publicly.”

Earlier this year, Jenner called the Trump’s administration the “worst” thing to happen to the transgender rights movement.

“They’ve set our community back 20 years, easily,” Jenner said at the time.

She slammed Trump in 2017 after he ordered the termination of federal protections for transgender students that allowed them to use restrooms that align with their gender identity.

Jenner also criticized the Trump administration’s move last year to ban transgender people from serving in the military. An appeals court ruled against the administration’s move last month and upheld a court order stalling the ban.

The former “I Am Cait” star says she’s now pushing for a federal law that would allow transgender service members in the military.

“We need hard-core legislation, laws on the book of equality,” she says.

“It’s going to take some time, but we’re working on it.”

Jenner — one of the most well-known transgender women in the world — says she’s been working behind the scenes to advocate for transgender rights, meeting with White House officials and about 50 lawmakers out of the public eye.

“I met with [House Speaker] Paul Ryan,” Jenner says of the Wisconsin Republican. “I’ve met with just about everybody. Publicly, they aren’t supportive of transgender rights.”

But, Jenner adds, “I’ve never had anybody not be nice to my face.”

Tags Donald Trump Keeping Up with the Kardashians LGBT LGBTQ Paul Ryan Transgender rights movement Variety

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