Military chief says transgender policy to remain

Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who had voted against a Senate health reform measure, and another in which he questioned Attorney General Jeff Sessions.”What we saw was what amounts to an announcement from the Commander in Chief”, said Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis of the series of tweets Trump posted last Wednesday, in which the president said “no transgender individuals” will be allowed “to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military”.The Pentagon’s statement came a day after Trump said that transgenders will not serve in the United States military “in any capacity”, asserting that their service would bring “tremendous medical costs and disruption”.In a Military Times/Institute for Veterans and Military Families poll conducted late past year, 57 percent of active-duty military personnel expressed a negative opinion of the decision to allowing transgender troops to serve openly.Calls seeking clarification from the Pentagon were redirected Wednesday to the White House, where spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said implementation of the ban is “something that the White House and the Department of Defense have to work together to lawfully determine”.Staff Sergeant Holmes said the military did not pay for her surgery.Criticism for Trump’s action was immediate and strong from both political parties.Less than a day after President Trump announced the ban on trans service, several military officials released statements that appeared created to correct Trump’s belief that this decision is within his power.Gallego’s message seemed clear when he fired back at Trump on Twitter.To put in simple terms, if a transgender person wants to serve in the US military, fine.He added: “It is not something I would ever consider introducing to Ireland”. “Our military readiness is dependent on maintaining the highest levels of inclusion, ensuring that all Americans have the opportunity to serve”, she said. “To choose service members on other grounds than military qualifications is social policy and has no place in our military”.Military leaders responsibly tried to calm the unnecessary chaos created by the commander in chief.He also cut off transgender Americans from an institution that’s historically been viewed as a microcosm of society – and a bastion of steady employment.The media has widely covered the backlash against Trump’s shock decision, particularly from within the trans community, with the likes of reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner strongly criticizing him. Most experts agree with the Heritage Foundation’s assessment that our military is under extreme stress, “beset by aging equipment, shrinking numbers, and rising costs”.A majority of Americans believe that transgender individuals should be allowed to serve in the military, according to an exclusive Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday.Coming on the heels of President Donald Trump’s decision to ban transgender people from the military, the poll is a stark indicator that the policy move is far from representative of public opinion. Representative Vicky Hartzler echoed the President’s cost concerns and agreed that this is a matter of readiness to serve and costly transgender medical care would have negative consequences on our national security. More people there thought including trans service members would make the military less capable (22 percent) than more capable (14 people), but a plurality of 43 percent thought they’d have no impact by and large.