Gov. Haslam talked about transgender restroom directive

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The President of the United States issued a guidance for public schools across the country to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with.

If schools refuse to fall in line, they could lose federal funding.

Local 8 News caught up with Governor Bill Haslam and Mayor Tim Burchett Thursday about the president's instructions.

"I thought that the president overstepped his boundaries when he sent out the guidance," said Gov. Haslam.

With all the confusion in school systems across the state of Tennessee, Gov. Haslam gave advice for their next steps.

"Our advice to our school system's, not just to Knox County, but everywhere -- continue what you are doing," said Gov. Haslam.

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett also weighed in.

"I think the president is so out of touch," said Mayor Burchett. "It's the big government coming down. He's trying to appease all these groups that help get him in the white house."

He's the father of an 8-year-old girl and that's a big part of why he is so passionate about this issue.

"If I see a man dressed up as a woman going into her bathroom, I have a real problem with it," said Mayor Burchett.