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Trump To Ban Transgender People From Serving In ‘His Military’

In a move to reverse a policy initially approved by the Defense Department under President Barack Obama, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he will reinstate a ban on transgender individuals from serving “in any capacity” in the US armed forces.

Trump made the announcement, which would represent a major shift in military policy, on Twitter. He said he had made the decision after consulting with “my generals and military experts.” Yep, trump seems to think the U.S. military is “his” military.

“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you,” he added.

Trump’s decision is a gesture to the conservative base at a time when he’s facing declining poll numbers and increasing pressure over the Russia investigation.

The move is a huge blow the LGBT community, which was just coming off a win after the surprising defeat of an amendment to the annual defense policy bill that would have banned Pentagon funding from being used for transition-related medical care.

White House officials did not immediately respond to a request to explain the president’s decision-making process.

A Pentagon spokesman referred all questions about Trump’s statements to the White House.


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