Trump Says Transgender People Won’t Be Allowed Serve in US Military

Donald Trump. Photo Credit: The Hot Zone USA Library/Malik LeGare

Donald Trump announced Wednesday morning via Twitter that transgender people will not be allowed serve in the US military. 

“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…..,” he tweeted.

“….victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”

It’s not clear what prompted the outburst on the social media site and Mr. Trump did not name the officials he spoke to about the new rule. 

The new policy reverses the military that was once under Barack Obama, in which transgender people could serve openly. Ashton B. Carter, Obama’s defense secretary, opened all combat roles to women and also appointed the first openly gay Army secretary.

Trump’s new policy seems to literally ‘trump’ this transformation. 

About 2,450 of the 1.3 million active-duty members of the military are transgender, but the number has varied, according to a study by the RAND Corporation.

The American Civil Liberties Union took to Twitter to express their thoughts on Trump’s new policy. They said transgender members deserve better.

“Thousands of trans service-members on the front lines deserve better from their commander-in-chief, @realDonaldTrump. Contact the ACLU.”

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