Donald Trump announced earlier this week that transgender people were no longer allowed to serve in the U.S. military. On Friday, 19 state attorneys general called on Congress to block Trump from implementing a ban on transgender troops.
“The policy announced by President Trump’s tweet undermines the national security goal of giving every able American who wants to serve in the military the opportunity to serve, creates untold bureaucratic and legal cost and complexities in implementation, and would put in place a policy that violates fundamental constitutional and American values,” they wrote in a letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the committees dated Thursday.
The letter was signed by attorneys general from Hawaii, New York, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington state and D.C.
Just a day after Trump made his announcement via Twitter, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford advised the military that the Pentagon will not take any action until Trump sends over an official directive.
The letter argued that Trump reopened an issue that was already settled.
They also noted Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) own statement that “there is no reason to force service members who are able to fight, train, and deploy to leave the military — regardless of their gender identity.”
They also proved Trump’s claims that medical costs are too high and open transgender service too disruptive as complete bogus.
“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,” they wrote. “We urge that this newly announced policy be immediately reversed.”