Trump Targets LGBT Americans

Trump Targets LGBT Americans

President Trump's announcement on Twitter Wednesday that he would ban transgender people from serving in the military not only caught the Pentagon and Congressional leaders completely off guard, it prompted criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike.

Trump's decision marks a setback for LGBT rights groups who have expressed concerns that the Trump administration could chip away at progress the community has seen in recent years on the backs of a series of landmark decisions in recent years that have included the legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide and a repeal of the ban on gay people openly serving in the military. Military leaders also wanted to review how transgender troops are treated, if they're discriminated against or if they have had disciplinary problems, defense officials have said.

"There are several people who are working on it", said Sen.

Ortega, who transitioned to male while serving in the Army and served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, said, "When Donald Trump attacks what America calls its heroes or its warrior class, it means it's only a matter of time before he starts attacking and disassembling the American public, and that's what I have the most fear of". "Our military is the most effective, efficient and well-funded fighting force in the world, and as the president notes, we can not burden our armed forces with the tremendous costs and disruptions that transgender in the military would entail", Hartzler said after Trump announced the ban. Discarding trained troops who are already serving honorably and who have done nothing but be who they are is a awful waste of talent, she said. Today, more than 6,000 transgender and gender non-conforming Americans proudly serve in the armed forces.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said guidance on how to "fully implement this policy" is still to be worked out.

"I will tell you who the better friend is and some day I believe that will be proven out big league", Trump said. The first punch was the President's ban against transgender service members.

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Replacing them transgender troops would likely be far more costly.

Navy Capt. Greg Hicks declined to comment on whether Trump consulted Dunford on repealing the policy.

"When my Black Hawk helicopter was shot down in Iraq, I didn't care if the American troops risking their lives to help save me were gay, straight, transgender or anything else", she said. What is to stop a person from enlisting for two to four years, announce that they "identify with the opposite gender" and obtain their gender reassignment procedure compliments of the military medical care system? The president cited "tremendous medical cost" as one reason for his military order.

Earlier this month, U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, a Republican from Missouri, offered an amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act that would have cut military funding for transition-related surgeries or hormone therapy treatment.

Transgender service members have been able to serve openly in the military since previous year, when former Defense Secretary Ash Carter ended the ban. Would this potential policy discharge them or does it only apply to those who do not already serve but wish to? "To choose service members on other grounds than military qualifications is social policy and has no place in our military".

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