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Commentary: The military can be 'inclusive' without paying for gender reassignment surgery

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Transgender former US Navy Seal Senior Chief Kristin Beck speaks during a conference entitled 'Perspectives on Transgender Military Service from Around the Globe' organized by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Palm Center in Washington on October 20, 2014. President Donald Trump recently announced on Twitter that the Obama-era reversal on transgenders serving openly in the military would not go into effect, prompting a media firestorm. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump this week tweeted that transgender Americans would not be permitted to serve openly in the U.S. military, much less receive taxpayer-funded gender reassignment surgery, thus sparking a media firestorm among cable pundits and partisan politicians.

In a tweet Wednesday morning, Trump wrote that "after consultation with my generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military."

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