On Tuesday Commandant Paul Zukunft spoke to a Washington think tank and made a very emotional statement about his sailors. The Politico reports:
The head of the Coast Guard is pledging he “will not break faith” with transgender personnel, marking the strongest rebuttal yet by a leader of the armed forces to President Donald Trump’s declaration that he wants to ban all transgender troops.
Commandant Paul Zukunft, in remarks to a Washington think tank on Tuesday, cited the story of Coast Guard Lt. Taylor Miller, who was featured last week in The Washington Post, to express his support for transgender members of his service.
I told Taylor I will not turn my back,” Zukunft told the Center for Strategic and International Studies forum. “We have made an investment in you and you have made an investment in the Coast Guard, and I will not break faith.”
The Coast Guard is part of DHS but in wartime can be transferred to the Navy by the president or Congress.
Trump, in a series of tweets last week, said that transgender men and women would not be allowed to serve in the military “in any capacity.”
Following the president’s announcement, Zukunft said he reached out to the secretaries of Homeland Security and Defense to consider the announcement’s implications. He also said he has personally reached out to all openly transgender members of the Coast Guard to express his support.
At this time it is still unclear how the military will implement the President’s declaration over transgender soldiers or what will happen to those soldiers who have already transitioned.
Do you agree with the Commandant’s stance? Or is he in violation of his oath?