Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on Wednesday responded to President Trump’s announcement on Twitter that he will ban all transgender people from serving in the military by saying the U.S. should not “be discriminating against anyone.”
“I don’t think we should be discriminating against anyone. Transgender people are people, and deserve the best we can do for them,” the senator said in a statement.
“I look forward to getting much more information and clarity from our military leaders about the policy the President tweeted today.”
Earlier in the day, Hatch said he stands with transgender individuals in his state in response to a tweet from a grassroots group in Utah that opposes President Trump.
— Utah Indivisible (@UtahIndivisible) July 26, 2017
— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) July 26, 2017
President Trump announced Wednesday that he will ban transgender people from serving in any capacity in the U.S. 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,” Trump announced on Twitter.
“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.”