Earlier today, President Trump engendered a plethora of controversy by making a series of statements on Twitter:
“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.”
According to the New York Times, the President’s decision was brought to fruition as a result of costly policies enacted under Obama’s Presidency. When Obama was in office, the Pentagon was mandated to foot the bill for sex change surgeries, which amounted to a grand total of $700 billion dollars. While the military should not be funding gender assignment treatments, ANY American who is fit to serve in the military should be allowed to do so. Merely being transgender should not serve as a disqualifier. There are currently a plethora of transgender people in the military as we speak. What will happen to them?