More than a hundred Democrats from the House of Representatives co-signed a letter to the Pentagon, trying to gauge what role the Department of Defense had in President Trump's decision to bar transgender individuals from the military. Trump first announced the policy change on Twitter, citing input from generals and military experts, as well as "tremendous medical costs and disruption" that transgender troops would allegedly cause.
After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
....Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
....victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
Trump's tweets, followed by a Presidential memo, reportedly came as a surprise to the Department of Defense — despite the President's insistence that they were involved.
We seek access to these materials in order to determine whether the president, his national security team, and military leaders are actively coordinating policy with one another, or whether the president’s transgender ban announcement reflected a breakdown in communication. As you know, clear communication between the White House and the Pentagon is essential to our nation’s security.
We seek information to discover the proof of where and when the Pentagon advised the president that this was the best idea for our country. If there is proof then we can evaluate that, if there is no proof then the President lied to the American people once again.
I promise to continue fighting for LGBTQ rights and equality in the Commonwealth, and across the nation.— Rep. Donald McEachin (@RepMcEachin) October 11, 2017
Not one republican signed that letter? That show a lot of what they really feel. Amazing in 2017.— Peter (@Peter38982844) October 11, 2017
From a President & his sons who avoided military duty & criticized McCann he has the balls to ban transgender troops who volunteer to serve— mozzy (@deerleap62) October 11, 2017