Trump: Transgender people won't be allowed in the military

By: Theresa Seiger, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Wednesday said transgender people will be barred from serving in the U.S. military, writing on Twitter that such service would cause “disruption” and burden the U.S. with “tremendous medical costs.”

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Current Department of Defense policy allows for transgender people to serve openly and says individuals “can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military solely for being transgender individuals.”

Trump said the decision was made after he consulted his “generals and military experts.”

“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,” he wrote in a series of tweets.

 

U.S. President Donald Trump departs the White House to participate in the commissioning ceremony for the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), the latest US Navy supercarrier, on July 22, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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