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)
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".
After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
....Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
....victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
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.