By: Agence France-Presse
President Donald Trump stated Thursday that he did the US military a “great favor” by banning transgender troops from the armed forces.
Trump, talking to reporters at his New Jersey nation membership, stated the problem of transgender service members had been “complicated” and “confusing” for the military.
“Look, I have great respect for the (transgender) community,” Trump stated. “I feel I’ve nice assist — or I’ve had — nice assist from that group.
“I got a lot of votes.”
But Trump stated the problem of transgender troops has been a “very difficult situation” for the US armed forces.
“As you know, it’s been a very complicated issue for the military,” he stated. “It’s been a very complicated problem for the military.
“I think I’m doing the military a great favor.”
In a collection of three tweets final month, Trump upended an Obama-era coverage of greater than a 12 months that allowed transgender troops to serve overtly.
His announcement got here with little or no coordination with the Pentagon and landed whereas Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was on trip, leaving the astonished division scrambling to provide you with a coherent response.
Five transgender ladies within the US military filed go well with towards Trump and the Pentagon this week over the ban.
In a lawsuit filed in federal court docket Wednesday, the 5 plaintiffs from the Air Force, Coast Guard and the Army stated they confronted uncertainty about their futures, together with whether or not they can be fired or lose post-military and retirement advantages.
The lawsuit was filed towards Trump, Mattis and numerous different senior military officers by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and GLAAD, a authorized advocacy group.
All the unidentified “Jane Doe” plaintiffs had been beforehand males who’ve transitioned to being feminine.
The variety of transgender troops amongst America’s 1.three million lively obligation service members is small, with estimates starting from between 1,320 and 15,000.
In the 2 weeks since Trump’s tweets, the White House has nonetheless not supplied the Pentagon with clear directives on the way it ought to implement a transgender ban, so the present coverage stays in place for now.(AFP)