The president of the National Federation of Independent Business said in a recent interview that he will never donate to organizations that provide abortion services in America.
During an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria that aired on Tuesday, Fahmy said that President Trump “will never give money to a nonprofit organization that provides abortions,” adding, “I think the president is going to be a very, very strong supporter of women’s rights and abortion rights.”
Trump has repeatedly expressed his support for abortion rights during his campaign, but he has expressed hesitancy to make a major donation to organizations dedicated to it, which could be interpreted as a tacit acknowledgement that he has some qualms about abortion rights.
During the interview, Fahmys comments were echoed by other Republican lawmakers who have been publicly outspoken against abortion rights and Planned Parenthood, including Representative Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), who is one of Trump’s most ardent supporters in the House.
Fahmy told Zakaria: “I don’t think he’s going to give money, I don’t know where he’s getting it from, but I think he thinks women should have access to it and he thinks they should have a choice.
And I think that that is very, well, that is one way to approach it.”
He continued: “And that’s a very powerful way to talk about it.
But he has said that he wants to have abortion rights, and he’s also said he’s against Planned Parenthood.
And the reason he’s doing those things is because he’s got a very strong position on abortion rights in this country.
I mean, I just think that’s very powerful.
I think there are other, you know, stronger ways of doing things.”
Zakaria asked Fahmy whether he thinks it is possible for Trump to end the ban on abortions in the country, to which Fahmy responded, “No, I think it’s impossible.”
“But I think we’re talking about a president that’s going through a period of a transition period where he has to do things in a way that he thinks is appropriate,” Fahmy continued.
“I mean, he’s not going to let us off the hook.
We have to go through that.
And he’s said that a lot of times.
So I think if he really wanted to go that route, he would have said, ‘We’re not going anywhere.'”
In January, Trump signed an executive order restricting federal funds to abortion providers.
But since then, there have been no new reports of the president’s intentions to end that policy.
Fawmy was also asked about a report that Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions plan to “work together on a plan to dismantle” the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funds from going to organizations “that provide abortions.”
Fahmy did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.