On Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced that he wants to ban transgender people from the military. He tweeted:
“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.”
“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you”
Defense Secretary James Mattis is on vacation, so there is some speculation that the Pentagon might not have been involved with Trump’s decision.
Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said:
“We will continue to work closely with the White House to address the new guidance provided by the Commander-in-Chief on transgender individuals serving the military. We will provide revised guidance to the Department in the near future.”
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), whose son is transgender, immediately slammed the decision. She tweeted:
“No American, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity, should be prohibited from honor + privilege of serving our nation #LGBT.”
One transgender Navy SEAL also slammed the decision. Kristin Beck, a Navy SEAL team 6 veteran, said:
“Let’s meet face to face and you tell me I’m not worthy.”
She also said:
“Being transgender doesn’t affect anyone else. I defended for Republicans. I defended for Democrats. I defended for everyone.”
Here is Trae Crowder’s take on the issue:
Featured image via Twitter.