Mattis appalled by Trump tweets announcing transgender ban

Mattis appalled by Trump tweets announcing transgender ban

Mattis appalled by Trump tweets announcing transgender ban

More than a dozen other nations allow transgender troops to serve, and a 2014 study by the Palm Center, an LGBT research institute, noted "the top priority of the services was to maintain military readiness. In the meantime, we will continue to treat all of our personnel with respect". "Trump is wrong", said Lambda Democratic Club President, Cesar Zepeda.

The unexpected announcement reportedly caught Defense Secretary James Mattis, along with the rest of the Pentagon, off guard. According to numerous sources, the Pentagon is still awaiting updated guidance from the White House. And now we're off on a detour into more uncharted territory, courtesy of an out-of-the-blue tweet from the commander in chief.

Carter wasn't the only critic of Trump's announcement.

The (president's) statement was unclear. His decision was announced in such a hurry that basic questions remained unanswered like what would happen to openly transgender people who are on active duty. We want people who are transgender to live happy lives, but we want unit cohesion and we want combat effectiveness.

He called Trump's announcement "yet another example of why major policy announcements should not be made via Twitter". The only challenge has been in deciding how best to house trans personnel in a manner that best safeguards them. President Trump aims to change that by taking the military down a discriminatory path rooted in malicious bias towards members of our LGBTQ community.

"Today Donald Trump has proven himself as unpatriotic as he is unfit to serve as Commander in Chief".

Trump's series of tweets leave active-duty transgender troops in limbo regarding their future status in the US military.

Meanwhile, Vox reported that the transgenderism ban will not be implemented until Trump issues a formal memo or an order for it.

From 2001-2003, when I commanded a brigade with responsibilities for basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, I saw a constant flow of individuals who failed to meet the medical requirements for military service. This is not about readiness or a strong military.

Instead, Gorka urged people to help transgender people live well in society, citing the high suicide-attempt among transgender people.

Then Archbishop Broglio addressed the heart of the issue, saying, "The dignity of the human person is rooted in the fact that people are created in the image and likeness of God - God who in the fullness of his divinity assumed humanity to redeem the world". "The decision to oust honorable, well-trained, and patriotic service members based on nothing more than their gender identity is undiluted discrimination and therefore indefensible". And an inevitable step - the next down the path on which the armed services desegregated, opened career paths to women and, in 2010, ended the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy that treated gay, lesbian and bisexual service members as second-class citizens.

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