On Wednesday, President Donald Trump stunned everyone, including military leaders at the Department of Defense and the Pentagon, by unleashing three unexpected tweets saying that transgender troops would not be “allowed” to serve.
“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,” Trump tweeted. “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”
The Obama administration started to implement policies specifically for transgender troops last year. However, transgender people have long been serving in the military before any kind of special policy. Researchers’ estimates have varied, but the most modest figure is that 1,300 transgender people are actively serving.
On Thursday’s “The Glenn Beck Radio Program,” Glenn Beck agreed that the military should focus on protecting the country and not be burdened with extra medical costs, but he objected to Trump’s disruptive tweets. Trump was apparently reacting to an internal Republican fight about transgender troops that threatened to take down a bill that included funding for the proposed southern border wall.
“The Pentagon didn’t know the president was going to say these things,” Glenn pointed out. “They were shocked.”
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