Trump’s Most Recent Executive OrderTrump said he made the decision after serious consultation from military experts.
Part of the reason is due to the medical costs to integrate these individuals, which meant huge bills for the armed forces to pay. Last year, Obama made the opposite decision and put transgenders in the military.
Trump said the decision was about money and focus for the military, which could have better been spent on building Trump’s Wall.
Trump Wants A “Focused” And “Decisive” Military
“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.”
“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.”
Trump Reverses Obama’s Executive Order With His Own
“Trump’s sudden decision was, in part, a last-ditch attempt to save a House proposal full of his campaign promises that was on the verge of defeat, numerous congressional and White House sources said.”
“The president had always planned to scale back policies put in place during the administration of President Barack Obama welcoming such individuals in combat and greenlighting the military to pay for their medical treatment plans. But a behind-the-scenes GOP brawl threatening to tank a Pentagon funding increase and wall construction hastened Trump’s decision.”
“Numerous House conservatives and defense hawks this week had threatened to derail their own legislation if it did not include a prohibition on Pentagon funding for gender reassignment surgeries, which they deem a waste of taxpayer money.”