Trump’s proposed transgender military ban receives backlash

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Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo expressed her disappointment in the president’s decision.

Guam – President Donald Trump proposed via three tweets a plan to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military.

This morning, the President tweeted, “After consultation with my generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”

Scarlet Castro Dixon is a transgender person who is married to a member of the Armed Forces. She says Trump’s tweets are upsetting.

“Just in the past two years, the trans community on its own has gone through a lot. There’s just so much progress going on even within the LGBTQ community as a whole. There’s so much progress and I feel that a president who says that he’s for all American people to be more…he’s not being diverse he’s not accepting all people as Americans he picks and he chooses who is a true American in my opinion,” said Dizon.

Dixon adds that military service should have nothing to do with someone’s physical appearance.

“It has everything to do with your capability and your love for your country and your patriotism,” said Dixon.

Meanwhile, Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo who is a ranking member of the House Armed Services subcommittee on readiness, today issued a statement questioning the President’s “ad hoc approach to decision making”. She also questioned the extent to which the President consulted his senior military officials prior to this decision citing a recent decision by Defense Secretary Mattis to issue a six-month delay on the implementation of guidance related to transgender servicemembers in order to study the matter further.

The Congresswoman also stated, “this is a discriminatory decision that could have serious implications on our military readiness and impact many who currently serve our nation.”