The Trump administration has denied permission to U.S. embassies overseas seeking to fly the rainbow banner on embassy flagpoles during gay pride month.
The State Department issued the denials, in a reversal of policy from the Obama administration.
The U.S. ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, is the senior-most gay official in the Trump administration, and has pushed efforts to discourage laws that criminalize homosexuality overseas.
The White House and State Department had no immediate comment on the flag decision when asked for comment by DailyMail.com.
The decision on the flag comes despite the Trump administration issuing a formal statement calling to ‘celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made.’
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was a conservative House member before Trump nominated him to run the CIA, was behind the move, according to NBC, which broke the story.
The decision came down from the office of undersecretary for management Brian Bulatao at State. He previously worked for Pompeo at Langley.
It applies only to the main flagpole of each embassy – and doesn’t prohibit embassies from displaying the rainbow flag in other places.
Grenell told NBC: ‘The President’s recognition of Pride Month and his tweet encouraging our decriminalization campaign gives me even more pride to once again march in the Berlin Pride parade, hang a huge banner on the side of the Embassy recognizing our pride, host multiple events at the Embassy and the residence, and fly the gay pride flag.’
As it turns out, Trump on Friday issued a proclamation for Flag Day, for the American flag.
Published Daily Mail