Trump on Transgender Ban: ‘I’m Doing the Military a Great Favor’

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump defended his decision to ban transgender individuals from the military, saying that he’s doing the armed forces a “great favor” on an issue he calls “complicated” and “confusing.”

Trump, speaking to reporters in Bedminster, N.J., said that he has “great respect” for the transgender community.

“I think I’ve had great support, or I’ve had great support from that community,” he said. “I got a lot of votes. But the transgender, the military’s working on it now.”


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“It’s been a very difficult situation and I think I’m doing a lot of people a favor by coming out and just saying it,” he added. “As you know, it’s been a very complicated issue for the military, it’s been a very confusing issue for the military, and I think I’m doing the military a great favor.”

Trump’s announcement of the ban, in a tweet on July 26, reportedly caught military leaders by surprise. Defense Secretary James Mattis had announced that the department was reviewing the policy, but that was expected to last through the end of the year.

Trump’s announcement of the ban drew criticism from the LGBT community, Democrats, and some Republicans on Capitol Hill. Caitlyn Jenner wrote on Twitter, “There are 15,000 patriotic transgender Americans in the US military fighting for all of us. What happened to your promise to fight for them?”

Chad Griffin, the president of the Human Rights Campaign, called Trump’s comments on Thursday “delusional.”

“Donald Trump’s attack on transgender troops weakens our military and is a betrayal of those who wear the uniform,” Griffin said. “Fifty-six retired admirals and generals, Republican and Democrat elected officials, and a majority of the American public have all condemned Trump’s misguided and despicable policy that will do nothing but undermine military readiness and harm brave transgender service members and their families.”

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  1. John Paulu says:

    They are lot many Strong MEN trying to Serve Nation…Give them chance military….It is not for WEAK people.

  2. says:

    When people speak of gay or transsexual service members, their discussion seems to skirt the issue of “sex” itself–physical attraction; in other words, a heterosexual male is “attracted” to a heterosexual female–sexually–by desire sending blood rushing to an organ. Do gay enlisted or officers feel sexually attractive to no other same-sex colleague while standing in the nude during “a group shower”?

    Just saying….

  3. John says:

    Trump 2020!

  4. Dianne S. says:

    This is all Trump smoke and mirrors to distract everyone from the FBI raid on Manafort’s house just hours before the tweets. Trump is playing everyone like fools.

  5. Sam Davis says:

    To be honest, I love my Country and those who serve to protect it. In fact, most of my family has served in the military and so have I. Barack Obama should have never removed the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. It’s just another one of his many horrible mistakes as President. I come from a mixed family, in a democratic household, and with a gay sister and female cousin. However, we all agree this was the right move by President Trump. He continues to floor us with his outstanding decisions. I know people dislike him over this-and-that. But, without evidence or facts to back their claims, I have no clue why people are so angry with him.

    • Inbred in America says:

      Your boy Trump is the master of making claims without evidence. But seriously, this paid trolling is getting pretty lackluster. I guess even half decent hired spammers don’t wanna work for Gropenfuhrer anymore.

    • Bruce Rodgers says:

      I served for 3 years (13 months very close to the Korean DMZ at Camp Stanley, Uijeongbu) and I and my fellow vets don’t give a damn if our fellow soldiers are straight/bi/gay/trans. The only bar to reach should be mental & physical ppreparedness

      • The Truth says:

        Sam: You don’t know dick about what it means to serve, in combat or otherwise. The only combat personnel who have problems with transgender comrades in arms are the bigots in uniform. They also have problems with women, blacks, Latinos, gays, and Jews. And there are plenty of them. Don’t think you or Trump are doing transgender individuals a favor by banning them from the service. Where is the data that supports this asinine blanket disqualification based on gender? Nowhere. This is simply Trump playing to his bigoted base, which appears to include you.

      • Sam Davis says:

        Seriously, you where obviously not in a combat MOS serving in Iraq or Afghanistan getting shot at with bullets, rockets or mortars. Trust me. It’s all a physical and mental game. Can you imagine what it be like for transgender folks over there? They hurt themselves now over someone’s thoughts and opinions about them. However, we all see and view things differently from our perspective and if this is how you feel than so be it. I just disagree.

  6. Chris says:

    By not allowing people who want to serve ?

    • John Paulu says:

      What is the total percentage of LGBT and when you crunch all the numbers together, you can automatically realize that Trump’s Decision obviously favors the nation.Hollywood Actors are good for Camera Action not for REAL

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