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Transgender people 'can't serve' in US Army: Trump

In Photo: US President Donald Trump speaks during a "Make America Great Again" rally. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 26, 2017, 02.10 PM (IST)

United States President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the government will not "allow" Transgender people to serve in the US Army. 

In a series of Tweets, Trump said that Transgender individuals will not serve in the US military in "any capacity". 

He went on to say that the US military should be focused on "decisive and overwhelming victory" and it will be "burdened with the tremenduous medical costs and disruption that Transgender in the military would entail". 

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According to AFP, an estimated 2,500 to 7,000 transgender people are among the 1.3 million active duty service members.

Last month, Pentagon chief Jim Mattis had delayed for six months a plan put in place under Barack Obama's administration to start accepting transgender recruits. 

 

 

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