Inside Trump's snap decision to ban transgender troops

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"I think people were hoping against hope that while he was very unpredictable, that he would be a man of his word and that also he would not want to go against the prevailing social norms that we're used to in NY", said Richard Socarides, a prominent gay activist and Democrat who used to advise President Bill Clinton. "I enlisted in the military because I love my country, because I wanted to become a part of something greater than myself". Jack Reed, D-R.I., the top Democrat on the armed services panel, was among the signatories.

If transgender individuals truly desire to serve their country, then, by all means, permit them to do so.

"I had said for the longest time:. if I was in the age range, as soon as they repeal this policy that you can not serve if you've gone through a gender transition, I'm going to go back in", Dursun, now 35 and working as a gender education specialist at the Yes Institute, told me in May. Akbarian works at the center as an employment specialist and helps homeless LGBTQ youth find jobs.

"The decision is based on a military decision", she said.

Trump is using his power for a ban that discounts the humanity and citizenship of a large group of American people. "There is nothing about us being trans that makes us incapable of completing missions", he said. A Rand Corp. study has estimated the number at between 1,320 and 6,630 out of 1.3 million active-duty troops.

Together, the Dunford and Goldfein notes illustrate that military leaders did not equate Trump's tweets with legal orders.

"Secretary Mattis is the one who can best assess what our needs are" in terms of transgender policies, MacArthur said. "The message is - 'We don't want you".

"This is a very dark moment in America's history", Mr. Trump said that day. Attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union in the city also said they would sue the Trump administration, if necessary. Trump also undercut Mattis, who announced a six-month study on the issue in June.

Both are accepting of their daughters transition, and were stunned by the Presidents tweets. He said he had consulted with "my generals and military experts", but he didn't mention Mattis.

Senator John McCain, who earlier this week Trump called fearless for returning to Washington to vote on health care despite being recently diagnosed with brain cancer, said he was anxious about the effect of Trump's ban on transgender soldiers now serving.

When she moved to the rest of the briefing, though, Sanders inadvertently showed that even after the recent shake-up the White House's press shop is likely to struggle to keep up with the president.

The commander in chief went out of his way to weaken the United States military last week, with just a few brushes of his 140-character pen.

Already, there are as many as 250 service members in the process of transitioning to their preferred genders or who have been approved to formally change gender within the Pentagon's personnel system, according to several defense officials.

This issue, like most others, is not entirely an issue of money.

His tweets came after President Obama asked the Pentagon to lift its long-held ban on transgender soldiers serving openly in the military.