Trump's Navy Secretary On Transgender Troops: 'Any Patriot' Should Serve

Trump's Navy Secretary On Transgender Troops: 'Any Patriot' Should Serve

Assertions the move would save medical costs have also been debunked - in the worst-case scenario the medical costs to the government for transgender troops would be less than a thousandth of 1 percent of the Defense Department's total yearly budget. which was $523.9 billion a year ago, according to a study, conducted by the nonprofit global policy think tank Rand Corp. "On a fundamental basis, any patriot that wants to serve and meets all the requirements should be able to serve in our military".

In short, President Trump doesn't know the first thing about this policy he tweeted one morning two weeks ago, barely hours after likely learning his former campaign chairman's home had just been searched by the Federal Bureau of Investigation under a no-knock warrant.

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Spencer was confirmed as Trump's Navy Secretary last week.

Last month, after consulting with his generals and "military experts", Trump announced that transgender people will be banned from service.

The Naval professors' report uses a "replacement-cost method" to calculate the overall cost of ousting transgender troops.

Plaintiffs in the suit say the president's announcement is causing a lot of uncertainty. "But the transgender, the military's working on it now; they're doing the work".

"This is like someone told the White House to light a candle on the table and the WH set the whole table on fire", a senior House GOP aide told Politico. A Rand Corp. study commissioned by the Pentagon previous year estimates that there are about 11,000 transgender troops in the reserves and active-duty military.

Trump's directive has "already resulted in immediate, concrete injury to Plaintiffs by unsettling and destabilizing plaintiffs' reasonable expectation of continued service", they argue in a court filing, adding that the White House has turned Trump's tweets into "official guidance, approved by the White House counsel's office, to be communicated to the Department of Defense". "It directly contradicts the military's own careful, recent conclusion - reached after a comprehensive review process - that there is no reason to ban transgender soldiers from serving". The admiral cited one of his Coast Guards, Lt. Taylor Miller, and how she had been disowned by her family after coming out as transgender.

"No, no. Look, I have great respect for the community". "We have made an investment in you and you have made an investment in the Coast Guard and I will not break faith".

Despite the threat of a possible nuclear war, the ban on transgender military service continues to be an issue, no doubt unsettling to active duty trans service members, their allies and commanders. The case was organized by two rights groups, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, or GLAD. If the ban is imposed, it will violate the constitutional rights of five transgender women who are serving the army.

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