Published: Tue, August 01, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Transgender troops: A presidential tweet is not an order

Transgender troops: A presidential tweet is not an order

The directive will surely weaken the armed forces, depriving them of thousands of service members and potential recruits.

What's also deeply unsettling, to say the least, is that Trump tweeted this intended policy change only a few weeks after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis gave military chiefs a six-month extension, until December 1, to determine whether transgender service members would affect the military's "readiness and lethality".

Trump's announcement on a transgenderism ban in the US military comes as a bill to provide Pentagon with a funding of more than $700 million is debated upon.

President Donald Trump announced his plan to ban transgender troops from serving in the military on Twitter last week and White House aide Sebastian Gorka has defended the decision by explaining what the military's objective is.

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Civil rights and transgender advocacy groups rebelled against this policy and threatened to challenge it in the court. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff sensibly concluded that a tweet is not an order - much less a law - and said current policies won't change until the White House sends the Defense Department new rules. To the thousands of trans people now serving in the military and to the thousands more who love and support them, we will not stop fighting.

"What you saw in the form of a tweet was representative of an announcement, that doesn't result in any immediate policy changes for us".

Carter, who served as defense secretary the last two years of Obama's presidency, issued a statement criticizing Trump's move. Trump also undercut Mattis, who announced a six-month study on the issue in June. His proclamation, on Twitter rather than any formal announcement, drew bipartisan denunciations and threw now serving transgender soldiers into limbo. The question is whether these people will be subjected to the misery of lying and concealment. or whether they will be allowed to serve their country while being honest about who they are.

Less than a day after President Trump announced the ban on trans service, several military officials released statements that appeared created to correct Trump's belief that this decision is within his power. Unit cohesion would be undermined. "To choose service members on other grounds than military qualifications is social policy and has no place in our military". "The Department will continue to focus on our mission of defending our nation and on-going operations against our foes, while ensuring all service members are treated with respect".

Members of the state's congressional delegation criticized both the message - one called it "dumb" - and the medium, with confusion on exactly what weight the president's words have on Pentagon policy'. Compare that to the $300 million the military is spending this year to recruit 6000 new troops.

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