Trump’s ban on transgender people in US military ‘has gone too far’
The US president has ordered a review of the US military’s policy to ban transgender people from serving in the military, saying it was “going too far”.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday to review the ban, saying transgender people should be allowed to serve openly in the armed forces, and adding that the policy was not based on discrimination but rather on “medical needs”.
“While I appreciate the many talented people serving our armed forces who have chosen to serve, our nation cannot afford to have its best and brightest lead the fight against the many threats we face,” Trump said in a statement.
“For too long, our military has focused on the big picture of national security while ignoring the hard work of everyday Americans who serve their country with pride and respect.”
He added: “This policy has gone too much beyond a medical necessity and I cannot support it.”
Transgender rights advocates said Trump’s decision was a “shocking step backwards” for transgender people and could have repercussions for transgender troops in the US.
“We have been waiting for this day for a long time,” said Lauren S. Smith, president of the Human Rights Campaign.
“It’s an assault on the rights of transgender people.
We will continue to fight it.”
Trump’s order has caused consternation in Congress, with Democrats warning that it will likely be challenged by military commanders and veterans’ groups.
The White House said it had consulted with the Pentagon and said the review would not affect the deployment of transgender service members.
Transgender service members were originally slated to start transitioning to men and women in the fall of 2018, but were delayed because of the ban.
Trump’s transgender ban “has gone far beyond a medically necessary requirement,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Friday.
“As soon as the president signed the executive order, he put in place a review process to ensure that this policy does not negatively impact our troops.”
“The review process is still ongoing and it will take more time to ensure all of the necessary protections for transgender individuals are in place,” Sanders said.
“The Department of Defense will continue its review of this policy and will provide further updates once that process is complete.”
The Pentagon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Trump administration’s review of transgender policy comes as more than 200,000 service members have filed a discrimination lawsuit against the military alleging that they were discriminated against in the hiring and promotion process.
The Pentagon has said it will not allow transgender people to serve in the Army until it can ensure they do not face any harm.
Trump signed the order, signed on Thursday, following months of protests and a military commission investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination.
The investigation found that at least one transgender woman in the chain of command had made derogatory comments to another female transgender person, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The panel also found that the Army had retaliated against other transgender individuals and veterans for reporting alleged discrimination.
A US military investigation found no evidence of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment by members of the military.
Trump has said he will review all US military policies and procedures and has said his administration will not tolerate discrimination against any individual.
“There are people in our military who love this country,” he said in June.
“I want to make sure that the people who love us have every opportunity to do what they want to do.
They’re going in the right direction. “
And they’ll make the right decisions for them.
But I’m going to make certain that we never, ever have to, ever, ever do that.”