Trump Blindsides Pentagon in Transgender Policy Shift

Posted July 28, 2017

"If the president doesn't, he'll make that decision", she said. By again using Twitter to set policy, Trump caused confusion.

Trump did not address the issue while speaking to members of the American Legion Boys Nation and Auxiliary Girls Nation at the White House. Surely if there was a child on this planet who had any sort of affinity for the president, he'd pilot Air Force One himself to show up on the kid's doorstep for a photo op.

Hours after Trump's Twitter declaration, the Department of Defense website still referred to the policy instituted by President Obama that "transgender Service members may serve openly, and they can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military exclusively for being transgender individuals". "This was about unit cohesion", Sanders said. "Regardless of gender, I am humbled and honored to serve the men and women of the Department of Defense", Pentagon chief spokeswoman Dana White told CNN in a statement.

This was a smart strategy for Sanders, though journalists were not thrilled by her avoidance of the news of the day. "The President has expressed concern since this Obama policy came into affect". I am nine years old and you're my favourite president.

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Florida Rep. Tom Rooney, who served in the Army in the JAG Corps, admitted he didn't know what the administration policy announcement was because he missed the tweets. He even mentioned gay rights in his speech at the Republican national convention.

It's hard to say why transgender service would be either costly or disruptive.

Pressed further on whether transgender troops now in service, such as those serving in Afghanistan, will be sent home, Sanders repeated her non-answer.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a rainbow flag given to him by supporter Max Nowak during a campaign rally at the Bank of Colorado Arena on the campus of University of Northern Colorado October 30, 2016 in Greeley, Colorado. "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 "high costs" for transgender surgeries cited by Trump amount to $8.4 million, which is about 0.13 percent of the military budget.