Transgender troops: A presidential tweet is not an order

Listen Sebastian Gorka delivers masterful defense of Trump’s military transgender ban

The letter was sent to Senators John McCain and Jack Reed and Congressmembers Mac Thornberry and Adam Smith, the Chairs and Ranking Members of the United States Senate's and House of Representative's Armed Services Committees. "In the meantime, we will continue to treat all of our personnel with respect".

Prior to the president's recent announcement, Defense Secretary James Mattis had delayed implementation of the Obama administration's policy for six months.

The sheer shocking content of Trump's transgender ban messages caused pundits to forget that the USA military is governed by Congressionally approved policies, not by presidential tweets.

Since 2016, according to the National Center on Transgender Equality, an estimated 15,000 transgender soldiers have been serving openly.

Earlier, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen Joe Dunford said that there will no change in the current policy unless such a direction is received from the White House. "The decision to oust honorable, well-trained, and patriotic service members based on nothing more than their gender identity is undiluted discrimination and therefore indefensible". The publication said that while the faithful should show love and compassion to transgender individuals, it also cautioned against embracing the trend of defining sex as something that can be changed. "I look forward to getting much more information and clarity from our military leaders about the policy the President tweeted".

You have to wonder, would Donald Trump even know if a soldier, sailor or marine saluting him was a transgender person? Around the world, 18 countries allow transgender troops to serve openly and none have reported experiencing ill effects or "disruption". So long as the chief concern is the former rather than the latter, Americans will probably oppose Trump's ban and side with letting trans people sign up. Mr. Trump made it clear that the military can not bear high medical costs and disruption of transgender service members. Trump's announcement drew significant criticism from political figures, servicemen, and multiple corners of the country. Trump's attempts today to divide the military is especially ironic considering that today is the anniversary of President Truman issuing his 1948 Executive Order ordering the racial desegregation of the military. Nearly half - 47 percent - believed the policy change would have little effect on their own unit's military readiness.

The same claims were made of gay and lesbian service members during the "don't ask, don't tell" era; it's fearmongering, plain and simple. (Forty-one percent disagree.) That seems to jibe with the general public's intuition in the June Rasmussen poll that trans troops will have a negative impact on the military but maybe not so much of one as to make that impact the deciding factor in judging whether a ban is justified or not. If the military reverses its existing policies protecting trans service members in response to the president's tweets, the ACLU is ready to act. Add your voice today, and support trans troops who serve the United States at home and overseas.

"We don't need to help try and force them into the hierarchical military environment where they are under the utmost pressure to kill or be killed", he said.

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