Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Trump Announces Transgender Ban In U.S. Military On Twitter.

And like clockwork there is an instant shit storm.

Ya gotta love it.

Even Mad Dog Mattis didn't even know about it because he is on vacation, McCain stopped barking at cars long enough to say that it needs to be "studied" first.
Typical fucking politician move there.

Of course the Alphabet Activists vowed to fight it in the courts immediately.
I can't keep track of all the letters these people have added to the acronym they use for identifying sexual deviants anymore but it is approaching ten I think.

Another aspect of this is that it is a direct poke in the eye to Obama who implemented this crap to begin with.
Thankfully he is out gallavanting around the globe somewhere and wasn't available for comment, yet.

Anyways, back to the story.......

President Trump messaged Wednesday that he has decided to bar transgender individuals from serving “in any capacity” in the U.S. armed forces, a policy that could affect thousands of Americans now in uniform and others hoping to serve.

In a decision he disclosed on Twitter, Trump said the military would not “allow or accept” transgender service members, reversing a policy begun by the Obama administration last year.

It wasn't immediately clear what would happen to transgender service members now serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. Estimates vary from about 6,000 to 16,000 members of the armed services are transgender.

A Pentagon spokesman described the decision as "new guidance" rather than an order from the commander-in-chief, and said the Pentagon would issue its own "revised guidance" to the military in the near future.

LGBT groups vowed to challenge Trump in court, and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, all but urged the Pentagon to ignore the tweet until a detailed study is completed.

In a series of tweets, the president said he had consulted with "my Generals and military experts” in deciding to reverse the current policy.

“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," he wrote.

A study commissioned by the Pentagon last year found the expected medical costs to be negligible.
It wasn't immediately clear when Trump's decision might be implemented by the Pentagon.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis is out of Washington on vacation this week and the Pentagon appeared caught off guard by the president's tweet. Military officials referred all questions to the White House.

"We will continue to work closely with the White House to address the new guidance provided by the Commander-in-Chief on transgender individuals serving the military," Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said in a statement. "We will provide revised guidance to the Department in the near future."

Some members of Congress, including several Republicans, questioned Trump's decision or called for him to reconsider.

Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, all but urged the Pentagon to disregard Trump's message, which he said was unclear.

"Any American who meets current medical and readiness standards should be allowed to continue serving," McCain said in a statement. "There is no reason to force service members who are able to fight, train, and deploy to leave the military - regardless of their gender identity."

He said the Defense department is conducting a study on the medical obligations, impact on military readiness and other questions regarding transgender individuals who want to join the military.

"I do not believe that ay new policy decision is appropriate until that study is complete and thoroughly reviewed by the Secretary of Defense, our military leadership and the Congress," McCain added.

The LGBT community vowed to go to federal court to challenge Trump's decision on transgender people in uniform. .

"We are going to fight for them as hard as they are fighting for the country," the OutServe-Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a Washington-based group that seeks LGBT equality in the military, said in a statement.

The legal group estimates about 16,000 transgender individuals currently serve in the military.

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