BREAKING NEWS HEADLINES: TRUMP BANS TRANSGENDER PEOPLE FROM SERVING IN THE MILITARY
NO ONE IS SURPRISED!
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would ban transgender people from the U.S. military, an action appealing to some in his conservative political base but sowing confusion about the fate of thousands of transgender service members.
Trump's surprise announcement, in a series of Twitter posts, drew condemnation from rights groups and some lawmakers in both parties as discrimination with purely political motives. But it was praised by conservative activists and some Republicans.
Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the administration has not yet decided whether transgender service members already in the military would be immediately thrown out, saying the White House and Pentagon would have to work that out.
The action, reversing Democratic former President Barack Obama's policy, halted years of efforts to eliminate barriers to military service based on sexual orientation or gender identity."
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 tweeted, without naming any of the generals or experts."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," added Trump, who as a presidential candidate last year vowed to fight for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.
Sanders said Trump had "extensive discussions with his national security team" and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was informed after the president made the decision on Tuesday."This was about military readiness," Sanders told a briefing.
"This was about unit cohesion. This was about resources within the military, and nothing more."Some White House officials were caught by surprise. A senior administration official said Trump had been determined to act for a while, but the question was the timing, with advisers split on whether to conduct reviews before announcing the move.
NOTE: The headline to this Reuters article got it right. This action has nothing to do with whether or not transgender folks have the skills and where-with-all to serve in the military or anything to do with how transgender Americans have fared while serving in the military, you know the facts, the merits, the data. No. Trump's action has only to do with de-constructing Obama's legacy. Note also that his own Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, had previously announced that the Defense Department was undertaking a six month study on this issue. So much for Trump Administration consistency. And Trump loyalty.
But here's what the Klown In Chief had to say about all things LGBT during his campaign:
Naturally, none of us liberals are in the least bit surprised about his flat out betrayal of the LGBT community. We recognized the giant con game his was playing before he was elected President although we did hold out faint hope that he would become more "Presidential" after January 20, 2017. But, no. He's the same old con man he's always been just now with the ability to attack all things liberal now that he's in the Oval Office.
I'm not sure when - or if, I suppose - Republicans in Congress are going to stand up to Trump. The past six months have not been encouraging. And with each day that passes we are subjected to more of his anti-liberal, destroy all things Obama "style" of governance. Trump supporters? They are thrilled. They always will be. If he fires Jeff Sessions, will Republicans turn against him? I'm betting they will not. When he actually does keep one of his campaign promises (well, not a promise really, but a challenge) of shooting someone dead on New York's Fifth Avenue, will Congressional Republicans finally take action? The jury is out on that one as far as I'm concerned.
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