In late March, shortly after the passing of North Carolina's HB 2 bill banning transgender people from using their preferred bathrooms, White House press secretary Josh Earnest held a press conference where he called the bill "mean-spirited."
President Obama, however, has not publicly addressed the bill—until today. At a joint press conference with the U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, Obama spoke out against both the North Carolina bill and a similar bill in Mississippi.
"I also think that the laws that have been passed there are wrong and should be overturned and they're in response to politics in part and some strong emotions that are generated by people," Obama said.
Obama, just before his comment condemning the North Carolina and Mississippi bills, explained that citizens of the U.K.. should feel comfortable visiting those two states. The President was referencing a recent warning released by the British government that reads, in part, "LGBT travellers may be affected by legislation passed recently in the states of North Carolina and Mississippi."
Michael Rosen is a reporter for Fusion based out of Oakland.