Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), whose son is transgender, blasted President Trump’s decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military Wednesday, saying that no one should be prohibited from serving the country.
“No American, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity, should be prohibited from honor [and] privilege of serving our nation #LGBT,” she tweeted Wednesday.
No American, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity, should be prohibited from honor + privilege of serving our nation #LGBT
— Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (@RosLehtinen) July 26, 2017
Ros-Lehtinen issued the statement hours after President Trump took to Twitter to announce a reversal from an Obama administration decision last year that lifted the ban on allowing transgender people to serve openly.
“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,” Trump said in a series of tweets Wednesday morning. “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.”
In the wake of the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting, then-candidate Trump called himself a “real friend” of the LGBT community and accused Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton of prioritizing “immigration policies that bring Islamic extremists” into the U.S.
“Thank you to the LGBT community! I will fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs,” he tweeted in June.
Thank you to the LGBT community! I will fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2016