×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

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

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.”

“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.”

More Biz

  • Tokyo Film Festival and Market Choose

    Tokyo Film Festival and Market Set Separate Dates in 2019

    The Tokyo International Film Festival and its accompanying rights market, TIFFCOM, will be held on separate dates this year. Some film executives may have to choose to attend one or the other. The film festival Wednesday announced that it will be held from Monday, Oct 28 to Tues, Nov. 5. Previously, the TIFFCOM market said [...]

  • Jeremy Vuernick

    Capitol Music Group Promotes Jeremy Vuernick to Executive VP of A&R

    Jeremy Vuernick has been promoted to Executive Vice President of A&R for Capitol Music Group, it was announced today by CMG COO Michelle Jubelirer and president Ashley Newton. In his elevated position, Vuernick will draw upon his broad experience as an A&R executive to sign and develop artists for the company, as well as oversee recording projects for new and [...]

  • Darnell Strom

    Darnell Strom to Lead UTA's Newly Created Culture and Leadership Division

    Darnell Strom has joined UTA and is set to lead its newly created Culture and Leadership division. Strom will represent and work with existing and new UTA clients who want to expand their diverse businesses and cultural influence at the intersection of entertainment, media, entrepreneurship, politics, the arts, and thought leadership. Strom brings years of [...]

  • Editorial use only. MANDATORY CREDIT: PARLIAMENTARY

    British Lawmakers Reject Prime Minister's Brexit Plan, Heightening Uncertainty

    British lawmakers have resoundingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s terms for the U.K.’s withdrawal from the European Union, heightening the country’s sense of uncertainty and paralysis less than two months before the exit is supposed to take effect. Parliament rejected May’s Brexit plan by a 432-202-vote Tuesday evening, one of the biggest parliamentary defeats in [...]

  • Dan Cohen nonesuch records

    Nonesuch Promotes Dan Cohen to Senior VP of Marketing

    Dan Cohen has been named Nonesuch Records’ senior vice president of marketing, the company announced today. In his new role, Cohen oversees marketing, sales, publicity, new media, and content creation for the long-running Warner Music Group label. Cohen reports to Nonesuch President David Bither and is based at the label’s headquarters in New York. Cohen [...]

  • hollywood debt

    Can Hollywood's Biggest Media Companies Avoid Getting Crushed by Debt?

    Randall Stephenson, AT&T’s chairman-CEO, summoned all of his folksy Oklahoma earnestness as he made an enthusiastic pitch to Wall Street analysts about the telephone company’s bold efforts to transform itself into a multimedia powerhouse. It was late November, less than six months after AT&T had wrapped up its $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner. But [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content