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Trump has denied transgender people entry into the army

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28 Julio 2017 10:24

Transgender people already serving might be thrown out en masse

For Donald Trump, transgender people cannot serve their country in the ranks of the army. This was his message earlier this week in a tweet when he announced that he was banning their entry into the armed forces, claiming that their presence would weaken the troops.


‘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 US military. 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.’

With these words he overturned the decision, taken by the administration of his predecessor, Barack Obama, to allow transgender people to enter the army and receive medical assistance as of 1 July. The former defence secretary, Ash Carter, had offered The Pentagon a year to work out how they would start recruiting the new soldiers.

But with Trump’s rise to the presidency, this possibility has just gone up in smoke.

A year before the policy change came into force, the current defence secretary, James Mattis, delayed its implementation by six months in order for it to undergo review. Despite ensuring that the delay did not ‘presuppose the outcome of the review’, a large number of potential US soldiers have just been left at the door of the US Armed Forces. The thousands who are already serving in its ranks might be thrown out en masse.

In an interview, Brad Carson, a former congressman who worked on the policies that affected transgender people under the Obama administration criticised this low blow to the LGTB community. In his opinion, the months during which the previous government delayed the policy have given Trump the chance to do what he wants with it.

‘That being said, just from the tweets, it seems that what he is doing is rolling back already implemented policies, which will force several hundred openly transgender service members out of the military. This will be personal tragedy for them, but it will be a professional loss for the military, and it's going to invite litigation that will distract the Department of Defense for months, if not years, to come’, he added.

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