Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that after consulting with "Generals and military experts", that the government "will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military".
Through a series of Twitter posts on July 26, Trump said he wanted a prohibition to keep transgender individuals from joining or serving in the military, blaming cost and "disruption" as factors in his decision.
Army veteran Sue Fulton says a person's sexual orientation or gender identity should have no bearing on the "honor and privilege of serving our nation".
Fulton is the executive director and co-founder of Knights Out, an organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender West Point graduates.
As with numerous President's decisions, he tweeted it first, writing "After consultation with my generals and military experts, the US will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity".
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He continued: "We are trying to convey to the North Koreans: 'We are not your enemy, we are not your threat". Earlier this week, the USA military confirmed that it had conducted a missile test over the Pacific Ocean.
"All those who meet the military's qualifications should be able to serve", said U.S. Sen.
The president's directive drew mixed reactions from across the state.
The decision reverses a policy initially approved by the Defense Department under President Obama.
"Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and can not be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail".
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