On Thursday, August 10th, President Trump told reporters at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, that he thought he was doing the military a big favor by announcing he was going to ban trans-gender troops:
It’s been a very complicated issue for the military, it’s been a very confusing issue for the military, and I think I’m doing the military a great favor.
Butt prior to his announcement of intention on Twitter, Trump warned none of his Generals or the Pentagon. Since Trump's announcement, the Department of Defense has been referring all questions on this topic to the White House. It seems hard to believe that the Pentagon considers this action a "favor" since they, just last year, lifted the ban on transgendered troops after an "exhaustive review of military readiness policies."
When the ban was lifted last year, then-Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said:
Our mission is to defend this country, and we don’t want barriers unrelated to a person’s qualification to serve preventing us from recruiting or retaining the soldier, sailor, airman or Marine who can best accomplish the mission. We have to have access to 100 percent of America’s population for our all-volunteer force to be able to recruit from among them the most highly qualified — and to retain them.
Many believe that Trump announced the ban in order to appease conservatives in the House of Representatives, whose support he needs to pass a spending bill which would support his proposed border wall. Apparently something was miscommunicated along the way, however: Trump went far farther than any congressmen wanted. They only wanted him to announce that he did not support opposed federal money going toward gender reassignment surgery for transgender troops. Instead, the president said they would be prohibited from serving at all. A classic whoopsie! I guess that's national policy now.
56 retired generals have warned President Trump that discharging transgendered troops would degrade military readiness. What's more, dismissing the 1,320-6,630 (exact number unknown) actively serving transgendered troops would cost roughly $960 million.
Within the same breath on Thursday, Trump claimed to have gotten "a lot of votes" from the LGBTQ community. Seventy-eight percent of LGBT people voted for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in November. Trump only got 14 percent of their vote. If things continue in this way, I can't imagine that situation improving in 2020.
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