President Trump is, evidently, quite the fan of banning various groups of people from various activities as a means to enact his vision for America. On Wednesday, in a tweetstorm that took the world by surprise, Trump announced that he was banning transgender people from serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
While rights groups prepare legal challenges to the ban, others, including Arizona GOP Senator John McCain, are speaking out.
In a statement published following the president’s ban announcement, the recently diagnosed cancer sufferer and former Republican presidential nominee decried the move as “yet another example of why major policy announcements should not be made via Twitter.” Indeed, as McCain goes on to explain, there is a lot more to the issue than can be fit in one, or even three of the president’s tweets.
‘Any American who meets current medical and readiness standards should be allowed to continue serving. There is no reason to force service members who are able to fight, train, and deploy to leave the military — regardless of their gender identity. We should all be guided by the principle that any American who wants to serve our country and is able to meet the standards should have the opportunity to do so — and should be treated as the patriots they are.’
The Senator says that the president’s Wednesday morning statement was “unclear,” seeing as the “Department of Defense has already decided to allow currently-serving transgender individuals to stay in the military, and many are serving honorably today.”
The president’s tweets were explained by CNN as reversing a policy that had been set in motion under the Obama Administration that would allow transgender people to openly serve in the military. Basically, Trump wants to re-enact “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” when it comes to LGBT people in the military.
Sen. McCain says that he and the Armed Forces Committee he chairs will be following the presidential administration’s decisions closely.
‘I do not believe that any new policy decision is appropriate until that study is complete and thoroughly reviewed by the Secretary of Defense, our military leadership, and the Congress. The Senate Armed Services Committee will continue to follow closely and conduct oversight on the issue of transgender individuals serving in the military.’
Check out his full statement below.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) July 26, 2017
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