President Donald Trump stated Thursday that he did U.S. army leaders an enormous favor by banning transgender troops from serving their nation ― regardless that he by no means consulted the Pentagon on his plans and has left hundreds of transgender service members in limbo.
“It’s been a really difficult problem for the army, it’s been a really complicated problem for the army, and I feel I’m doing the army a fantastic favor,” Trump instructed reporters at his golf membership in New Jersey, the place he’s vacationing this month.
However the president didn’t inform army leaders he was planning to make such a serious coverage change. The Pentagon was blindsided by Trump’s announcement final month, which he made on Twitter, and has since been referring inquiries to the White Home. If something, this was exactly what army leaders didn’t need to do, since they lifted the ban final yr after an exhaustive assessment of army readiness insurance policies.
“Our mission is to defend this nation, and we don’t need boundaries unrelated to an individual’s qualification to serve stopping us from recruiting or retaining the soldier, sailor, airman or Marine who can greatest accomplish the mission,” then-Protection Secretary Ashton Carter stated. “We have now to have entry to 100 p.c of America’s inhabitants for our all-volunteer drive to have the ability to recruit from amongst them essentially the most extremely certified — and to retain them.”
Trump’s snap resolution to alter the coverage made extra sense in gentle of a Politico report that he did so to appease conservatives within the Home so they’d cross a spending invoice that included cash to construct his border wall.
Trump went method additional than what they wished: Home Republicans wished him to announce that he opposed federal cash going towards gender reassignment surgical procedure for transgender troops, however the president as an alternative stated they’d be prohibited from serving in any respect. Oops.
Fifty-six retired generals and admirals have since warned Trump that banning transgender troops would degrade army readiness.
It might price about $960 million to discharge the transgender troops at the moment serving, in keeping with the Palm Middle, an impartial analysis institute. There are between 1,320 and 6,630 transgender folks in lively army service, a Rand Corp. examine estimates.
On Thursday, the president went on to say that he has “nice respect” for the LGBTQ group, and that he’s had “nice assist” from them, too.
“I received plenty of votes,” he stated.
Seventy-eight p.c of LGBT folks voted for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in November. Trump solely received 14 p.c of their vote.
There have been like 4 lesbians who voted for him.