President of the United States of America, Donald Trump has announced via his Twitter account that “transgenders” will not be accepted or allowed to serve in any position of the US Military. The President focused on the increasing medical costs pertaining to this fragment of the population. This came as out-of-the-blue as Defense Secretary, Jim Mathis was only given a day of notice about this.
There has been a brewing topic for the fight on using taxpayer’s money for hormone therapy and gender transition. But Mr Trump has tactfully avoided this side of the conflict to impose the ban. There have been opposing views on how this will be implemented which concerns open-transgenders actively serving in the military.
“That’s something that the Department of Defense and the White House will have to work together as implementation takes place and is done so lawfully,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said.
Proclaiming himself as an ‘ally’ to gays, lesbians and transgenders, Mr Trump has contradicted himself by issuing such an order. Several rights and activists group have come out in protests to challenge such an order.
This decision reverses the gradual change of the military which was brought about Former President, Barack Obama, whose administration had announced last year that transgender people would be allowed to serve openly in the army.