Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Hatred for LGBTQ? Trump calls transgender ban 'great favour' to United States military

Hatred for LGBTQ? Trump calls transgender ban 'great favour' to United States military

General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the U.S. military, has said there will be "no modification" to the military's transgender policy until the White House issues a directive through formal channels.

The president's announcement came as a surprise to the Pentagon.

The President said he has "great respect" for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and denied that his ban amounted to a betrayal after pledging to protect them during last year's campaign, the New York Times reported.

The number of transgender troops among America's 1.3 million active duty service members is small, with estimates ranging from between 1,320 and 15,000. Since the military would have to recruit and train thousands of people just to replace those who would be forcibly discharged under a ban, the total price has to take into account the costs of training replacements.

Neither the White House nor the Department of Defense have yet conveyed or promulgated a new policy on transgender service members.

Spencer is not the first military official to express concern over the ban.

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But the USA military is not a golf course, and the highly-trained and highly-skilled service members he wants to fire because they are transgender will need to be replaced. "Fifty-six retired admirals and generals, Republican and Democrat elected officials, and a majority of the American public have all condemned Trump's misguided and despicable policy that will do nothing but undermine military readiness and harm fearless transgender service members and their families".

On Aug. 9, five transgender military service members filed a lawsuit against Trump for his stalled ban.

"This proposed ban, if implemented, would cause significant disruptions, deprive the military of mission-critical talent, and compromise the integrity of transgender troops who would be forced to live a lie, as well as non-transgender peers who would be forced to choose between reporting their comrades or disobeying policy", the letter stated.

On Aug. 10, Trump asserted that he had made the right decision during his vacation at a golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Yesterday, Trump claimed he was "doing the military a favor" by banning trans service members.

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