Blistering Responses to Trump's Trans Military Ban

It was Trump's judgment, she said, that transgender individuals are an unacceptable cost and distraction for the military and should not be allowed.

It is still uncertain how this recent policy change will affect the thousands of transgender service members now serving in our military, but Democratic club members worry that this signals a reversal towards the days of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell".

In a series of tweets, Trump said allowing transgender troops to serve is an unacceptable burden on the military's ability to fight and win wars.

No doubt Trump's proclamation that "the United States government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the USA military" will be incredibly worrisome to this veritable legion of transgender people already in uniform. Sanders emphasized Trump's belief that transgender service members "erode military readiness and unit cohesion".

Catholic Online hailed the transgenderism ban as a victory for Christians, pointing to Pope Francis' reminder in Amoris Laetitia that "the young need to be helped to accept their own body as it was created".

"We are now in the process of waiting for that to be formally articulated to us in a policy memo and we'll be standing by to make that happen, until then (we) don't have anything on it", Davis added.

In his letter, Dunford said that "we will continue to treat all of our personnel with respect" while the military waits for further direction.

"We strongly oppose this policy change, and urge you to advise the president against it", the letter says.

Trump says his administration will block transgender people from serving in the military

Roger Kaikko, a 61-year-old Trump voter from OH who participated in the poll, pointed out the reason why he disagrees with the president.

In response to Trump's announcement, the American Civil Liberties Union released a statement: "Let us be clear".

What about the "disruption" supposedly caused by allowing openly transgender men and women to serve? Although there may also be a variable of national urgency in the calculus: Given all the pressure on the USA armed forces across the globe, Democrats (and some Republicans) may reason that if someone wants to serve, we shouldn't be hasty in telling them they can't.

Trump's ban, posted to Twitter Wednesday rather than any formal announcement, drew bipartisan denunciations and threw now serving transgender soldiers into limbo. According to Axios, a Trump administration source said the ban "forces Democrats in Rust Belt states like Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin to take complete ownership of this issue". We support you and all service members and veterans.

"To choose service members on other grounds than military qualifications is social policy and has no place in our military", Carter said in a statement. It is a domestic policy issue for the United States.

Unconvincingly, Hartzler has cast her concerns as a matter of government paying the costs of gender reassignment surgeries, claiming that it would harm military readiness.

Those sentiments are now playing out on a more national stage, and if Friday's poll is any indicator, with potential repercussions for Trump.

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