Published: Wed, August 02, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

White House mum on transgender troop ban

White House mum on transgender troop ban

"As a result, the proposed ban would degrade readiness even more than the failed "don't ask, don't tell" policy".

Forty-five senators led by New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand have come out against President Donald Trump's ban on transgender troops.

The military leaders also argue that transgender Americans who want to serve in the military should not be dismissed or deprived of medically necessary health care, as some in Congress have proposed due to their objections over taxpayer dollars being used to pay for gender confirmation surgery.

Trump on July 26 made an official statement via Twitter, stating that "after consultation with my Generals and military experts" the U.S. government "not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military".

"The financial cost of providing health care to transgender troops would be, at most, $8.4 million per year". If implemented, the ban could result in the discharge of more than 15,000 transgender Americans now serving our country. "This amounts to one one-hundredth of one percent of the military's annual health care budget".

The Commander in Chief has tweeted a total ban of honorably serving transgender troops.

Almost a week after Trump wrote a tweet that appeared to reinstate a ban on transgender service members, Zukunft pledged to "not break faith" with transgender service members in remarks to a Washington think tank on Tuesday - adding that he immediately reached out to all 13 transgender members of the Coast Guard immediately following the tweets.

Not only is the banning of transgender troops unfounded and unconstitutional, Trump's bolstered security means residents who live on America's shores will potentially face less protection from the Coast Guard, which frequently assists communities in response to natural disasters and other emergencies.

The Defense Department has "no reason not to believe" that the White House will issue that formal guidance, Pentagon spokesperson Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said Monday.

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