President Donald Trump has constantly shown that he will put American national security before political correctness. This is evident in his latest announcement that transgender individuals will be banned from military service, a stark departure from the military policy crafted by his predecessor.
“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 this morning on his Twitter account.
“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”
This announcement effectively reverses a policy put into place by former President Barack Obama allowing transgender individuals to serve in the military. Obama’s so-called achievement was hailed by liberals as a step forward in the battle for LGBT civil rights, and liberals are reacting to Trump’s sudden announcement with predictable outrage.
Former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett asked, “If military signed off when [former President Barack Obama] made policy to allow transgender to serve, what changed?”
Frequent Trump critic Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) wrote, “[The President’s] anti-trans pronouncement is ugly and wrong. Discrimination isn’t patriotic — allowing all who love this country to serve, is.”
“Transgender Americans are already bravely serving in the military. They are patriots and should be celebrated, not discriminated against,” Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI) said.
“[The President’s] ban on transgender Americans in the military is bigoted, discriminatory, and just plain wrong,” Rep. Betty McCollum (DFL-MN) said.
Clearly, Trump is undeterred by the tears of his liberal opponents. He is expected to release further details on how he plans to enforce the banning of transgender individuals from the military in the days to come.