- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 26, 2017

President Trump’s announcement that he plans to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals serving in the military was rebuked Wednesday by Trump-supporting, transgender reality star Caitlyn Jenner.

“There are 15,000 patriotic transgender Americans in the US military fighting for all of us,” Ms. Jenner, an outspoken Republican, tweeted to her 3.9 million followers Wednesday afternoon. “What happened to your promise to fight for them?”

The Associated Press, however, reported there are as many as 250 service members in the process of transitioning to their preferred genders or who have been approved to formally change gender within the Pentagon’s personnel system,

The former Olympian, formerly known as Bruce, was referring to a June 2016 tweet by then-candidate Mr. Trump that read, “Thank you to the LGBT community! I will fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs.”

Mr. Trump announced the controversial decision to ban transgender individuals from the military in a series of tweets Wednesday morning.

‘“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,” he wrote. “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.”

The move has been condemned by several Republicans, including Sen. John McCain and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Log Cabin Republicans President Gregory T. Angelo called the move a political one, and said it does the opposite of what Mr. Trump claimed it would.

“This smacks of politics, pure and simple,” he said in a statement. “The United States military already includes transgender individuals who protect our freedom day in and day out. Excommunicating transgender soldiers only weakens our readiness; it doesn’t strengthen it.”

“The president’s statement this morning does a disservice to transgender military personnel and reintroduces the same hurtful stereotypes conjured when openly gay men and women were barred from service during the military’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ era,” Mr. Angelo said. “As an organization that led the charge against that hateful policy, Log Cabin Republicans remains equally committed to standing up for transgender military personnel who put their lives on the line to keep us free.”

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