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Trump Bans All Transgender Individuals From ‘Serving In Any Capacity’ In U.S. Military

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Trump Bans All Transgender Individuals From ‘Serving In Any Capacity’ In U.S. Military





President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Wednesday to announce his plan to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals from serving “in any capacity” in the US armed forces. He said he had made the decision after consulting with “my generals and military experts.”

The decision reverses a policy initially approved by the Defense Department under President Barack Obama that would allow transgender individuals to openly serve in the military.

Defense Secretary James Mattis announced last month that he was delaying enactment of the plan, which was still under final review, to begin allowing transgender individuals to join 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,” 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.”

“Thank you,” he added.

In 2016, Ash Carter, the Defense secretary under Obama, announced the end of the ban on transgender people serving openly in the military but allowed for a year-long review process to allow the Pentagon to determine how it would accept new transgender recruits into the military. Under the policy, transgender troops also receive coverage for any treatment deemed medically necessary by their doctors, including surgery and hormone therapy.

A day before the one-year deadline, Mattis announced that he was delaying the implementation of the new policy.

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.

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