Trump’s Trans Ban
In July, President Trump sent a tweet suggesting a ban to would be put into place to keep transgender individuals from serving and enlisting in the United States military. While outrage has ensued from the President’s announcement, the ban has not gone into effect as of yet.
“I think generally speaking, it’s accepted you consult the secretary of defense before you make a decision that has to do with defending the nation,” Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said.
Both Republicans and Democrats criticized the move by President Trump. Most Democrats condemned the decision, as well as many socially liberal Republicans, but staunch conservatives such as Senators Orrin Hatch of Utah and Richard Shelby of Alabama also denounced the decision.
“You ought to treat everyone fairly and you ought to give everyone a chance to serve,” Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) said.
When Trump tweeted his decision, he said in the series of tweets that he had made his decision after consulting with his military leaders, but his military leaders contradicted him quickly.
“On a fundamental basis, any patriot that wants to serve and meets all the requirements should be able to serve in our military,” Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said.
President Trump also said that transgender procedures, both medical and cosmetic, cost the military too much money. Transgender procedures on servicemen and women costs approximately $8.4 million, which is approximately 14 percent of the healthcare budget of $60 million.
Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have introduced a bipartisan attempt to block the trans ban from going into effect. This move has come after a growing outcry from the public about what will happen to current transgender servicemen and women.
Information provided by CNN, Time, and Rand