Trump bans transgenders from serving in the military

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Donald Trump announced Wednesday that transgender people will no longer be allowed to serve in the U.S. military. The pentagon has since stopped taking enlistments from transgender people.

President Trump has announced a ban that will prohibit transgender people from serving in the U.S. military. The move comes in an effort to reduce military spending, POTUS said.

President Donald Trump has announced that transgender people will be barred from serving in the U.S. military. The decision comes a year after the pentagon lifted its previous ban on transgender service members.

On Wednesday morning, Trump made the decision, that was decided after "consultation with [his] Generals and military experts", to prohibit the entry of transgender people into the U.S. military public in a series of tweets:




"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." The full statement reads.

There are currently a small percentage of transgender people serving in the military. It is currently unclear how Trump plans to either implement the ban, or remove current serving transgender people, but the pentagon announced shortly after that it will not longer accept enlistments from transgender people:

"Secretary [James] Mattis today approved a recommendation by the services to defer accessing transgender applicants into the military until Jan. 1, 2018," chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement. "The services will review their accession plans and provide input on the impact to the readiness and lethality of our forces."

In a White House briefing on Wednesday afternoon, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump made this decision "after extensive discussions with his national security team to end this Obama policy," which she called "expensive and disruptive."

The president "came to the conclusion that it erodes military readiness and unit cohesion and made his decision based on that," said Sanders, adding that the White House and the Pentagon will work together to implement the new policy "lawfully," including what it will mean for current transgender service members.

"It's obviously a very difficult decision, not a simple one, but the president thinks it's the best one for the military," she said.

"When the president made the decision yesterday, the secretary of defense was immediately informed, as was the rest of the national security team," said Sanders, responding to reports that the Pentagon had been caught off-guard by the announcement. "Once he made the decision, he didn't think it was necessary to hold that decision."

Since being sworn in as President, and even before his election, Donald Trump has been a favorite by military service members.

Republican Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement that the president's tweets are "yet another example of why major policy announcements should not be made via Twitter."

"The Department of Defense has already decided to allow currently-serving transgender individuals to stay in the military, and many are serving honorably today," McCain said. "Any American who meets current medical and readiness standards should be allowed to continue serving. There is no reason to force service members who are able to fight, train, and deploy to leave the military —regardless of their gender identity."

McCain added that Pentagon is conducting a study on "the medical obligations it would incur, the impact on military readiness and related questions" associated with the enlistment of transgender people not yet in the military. "I do not believe that any new policy decision is appropriate until that study is complete and thoroughly reviewed by the Secretary of Defense, our military leadership, and the Congress," he said.

The announcement to ban transgender people from serving in the military has drawn both criticism and praise. The move comes exactly 69 years after the original military ban on transgender people by President Harry Truman.

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