Is Trump right on this?
- “In a stunning move, President Trump announced on Twitter that transgender individuals will not serve in the U.S. military. Despite Congress voting in late July to fund gender-reassignment surgery for military service members, Trump tweeted Wednesday: “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.”
- “It’s unclear the mechanisms Trump plans to use to put this policy into effect, however. Activist groups announced plans to sue immediately if Trump codifies this policy in an executive order, and Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued a statement defending the Department of Defense’s decision under President Obama to allow transgender soldiers to remain in the armed forces. He says there’s not enough evidence that transgender people will reduce combat effectiveness or that transgender soldiers’ elective gender-change surgeries are too steep a price for taxpayers to pay.”