The former Republican lawmaker who is currently serving as Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Trump administration, made the comments at the State Department’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington, DC. He said that to his mind it was unfair that under Obama the money of the taxpayers were used to, as he called it, discourage the Christian values in other countries. By this he meant fighting for the rights of sexual minorities in homophobic and strictly conservative African states like, for example, Kenya. The politician called it a different type of religious persecution he never expected to see, and people in the current administration see things differently and they will never do it this way. Mulvaney has a strongly anti-LGBT record, like many senior members of the Trump administration. The Republican was a co-sponsor of the First Amendment Defense Act, a law that would permit anti-LGBT discrimination on the basis of religion.