On Wednesday morning, President Trump had people turning their heads once again.
He took to Twitter, posting, “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow…
He continued, “Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming…”
He finished, “victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”
John McCain was just one of the many that were not impressed. McCain also said that US defense officials had previously stated that transgender people that are currently serving in the military have every right to stay.
McCain said that Trump’s comments were “unclear” and “inappropriate.”
He also noted, “I do not believe that any new policy decision is appropriate until that study is complete and thoroughly reviewed by the Secretary of Defense, our military leadership, and the Congress.”
During his Presidential campaign, just last June, Trump tweeted, “Thank you to the LGBT community! I will fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs.”
The LGBT community and its supporters are outraged, to say the least.
The Human Rights Campaign tweeted, ”Threatening 15K currently serving troops who put their lives at risk is unpatriotic and dangerous.”
Former “Star Trek” star George Takei did not hesitate to speak his mind. He is a well-known activist for LGBT issues.
He tweeted, “History shall record that you are not only the stupidest, most incompetent president ever, but also the cruelest and pettiest. #Shame.”
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) came out and said, “There is no basis for turning trans people away from our military, and the ACLU is examining all of our options on how to fight this. For any trans service member affected by today’s announcement: Please get in touch with us, because we want to hear from you.”
They are encouraging transgender military members to contact their lawyers if they need assistance.
Representative Vicky Hartzler, although, introduced a bill to the defense policy that would prohibit the military from spending money on medical treatment related to gender transition.
She said, “It makes no sense to create soldiers who are unable to fight and win our nation’s wars.”
Studies report that there are between 2,500 and 7,000 transgender service members currently serving in the military.
Last month, Defense Secretary James Mattis extended the deadline an extra six months for military officials to review whether transgender people can enlist in the army and if they will affect the “readiness or lethality” of the armed forces.
Transgender people already in the military would be allowed to continue serving, but no new transgender recruits would be able to join during the review.
Credit: New York Post