Transgender Comedian Challenges Trump's Military Ban on 'Tonight'

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Trump made his announcement on Wednesday morning in a series of Twitter postings, saying he would ban transgender people from the United States military.

Trump said in a series of tweets Wednesday morning that he would be reversing an order made under the administration of former President Barack Obama to allow transgender people to openly serve in the military. "Republicans and Democrats must rise up across the country in opposition to a president who would take us back and impose discrimination and bigotry rather than upholding our Constitution's promise of equality and justice for all", she said. Akbarian said serving in the military is more than just a job - it's their livelihood, their retirement and part of who they are.

"There will be no modifications to the current policy until the president's direction has been received by the Secretary of Defence and the Secretary has issued implementation guidance", Dunford said in the message.

Logan Ireland is now in leadership training in San Antonio, but shared his statement regarding President Trump's announcement on his Facebook page. During a White House press briefing in the early afternoon, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it was a hard decision but there was reason to enact the ban.

"This was about military readiness, this was about unit cohesion, this was about resources within the military", she said.

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He said that after consulting with his Generals, the army would not "allow or accept" transgender individuals to serve in any capacity due to the "tremendous medical costs" and "disruption" they would cause.

"If we can do that on the civilian side of the house, it can be done on the military side, too", Skowkowski said.

Despite the guidance from Dunford, Trump's announced ban has left transgender troops with questions about their future in the service.

"Everybody is hurt, everybody is scared", said Rudy Akbarian, 26, who is in the military but did not want to identify his branch.

The fear foremost on her mind Wednesday, though, was over the prospect that Trump's ban could be a first step toward harsher measures aimed at transgender people, including military personnel and veterans. At a time when 0.4% of the US population serves in uniform, removing highly trained, well-qualified, and deeply committed service members does nothing to increase readiness - in fact, it does the opposite.

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His tweet came less than a month into the six-month delay set by Defense Secretary James Mattis to review the U.S. military's policy on transgender service members.

The RAND Corp., a non-partisan think tank commissioned by the Pentagon to study the issue, found that only a few hundred of the estimated 6,600 transgender troops would seek medical treatment in any year.

It was unclear Thursday what would become of those policy reviews and Pentagon officials declined to discuss the status of those studies.

Medical care would be a factor in the deployment of between 25 and 130 active-duty transgender military personnel per year.

"Treating servicemembers with dignity and respect is something we expect from our sailors at all times", Burke wrote.

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