Even though President Trump denies it, The New York Times reports that his administration is trying to define "transgender" out of existence. This prompted Billings, who is transgender, to write an open letter to Trump. "So now, in order to add more smoke and mirrors to your already discombobulated and frenzied joke of a presidency, you are pretending to understand our tribe and attempting to use us as political pawns to hide your ineptness at foreign policy," she writes. "You want introduce a policy that says I am to be recognized only by my genitalia and nothing else. That my penis makes me male. That my 22-year-old marriage is null and void and that my professorship at the University of Southern California is in jeopardy."