Pelosi: Trump's Ban on Transgenders in the Military 'Humiliates Brave Americans'
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasts president over trans ban
Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has accused President Donald Trump of using his ban on transgenders in the military as an excuse to "humiliate brave Americans."
In a Tuesday night tweet, House Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) said that President Trump’s transgender ban “is designed to humiliate brave Americans.”
“Trump’s trans ban is designed to humiliate brave Americans,” she posted on Twitter.
"It is deeply concerning that DOD officials appear to have given inaccurate testimony to Congress to justify a discriminatory policy.
"We must ensure that hate doesn’t dictate our national security,” Pelosi added.
Trump's trans ban is designed to humiliate brave Americans. It is deeply concerning that DoD officials appear to have given inaccurate testimony to Congress to justify a discriminatory policy. We must ensure that hate doesn't dictate our national security. https://t.co/Nu4V7HLKBc— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) March 5, 2019
To back up her claims that “DOD officials appear to have given inaccurate testimony to Congress,” Pelosi linked to a statement issued by a former secretary of the Navy, a former secretary of the Air Force and a former secretary of the Army.
After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
....Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
....victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
The trio argues that having transgenders in the armed forces was a “success.”
“In seeking to justify President Trump’s wrong-headed ban on transgender service members at a congressional hearing last week, Defense Department officials made misleading claims,” the statement by former Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, former Secretary of the Air Force Deborah James Lee and former Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning read.
“Under inclusive policy that is currently in effect, transgender service members must meet exactly the same fitness and deployability standards as everybody else, but the witnesses ignored data confirming the success of that policy while making the untrue assertion that holding all service members to the same standards affords ‘special accommodations’ to transgender troops,” the statement continues.
“We agree with the 41 retired General and Flag Officers who affirmed their support for inclusive policy last week,” the officials said.
“There is no defensible rationale for imposing ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ on honorably serving transgender troops.”