Transgender service members sue over Trump ban

Transgender service members sue over Trump ban

Trump's announcement last month that he would ban transgender troops from serving blindsided the Pentagon and it has been referring questions from the media to the White House.

"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".

"Donald Trump's delusional comments regarding his reckless ban on transgender troops are demonstrably false and lack any basis in reality", said Chad Griffin, HRC President.

He also said transgender personnel made it harder for the military to focus on "decisive and overwhelming victory".

The White House has yet to send official guidance to the Pentagon on the ban.

Former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter allowed for a year-long review process to give the Pentagon time to assess how it would accept new transgender recruits into the military, and current Defense Secretary James Mattis announced in June that he was delaying the implementation of the new policy, saying he needed more time to review it.

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The Rand Corp. study also estimated that medical treatments for transgender troops would cost up to a maximum of $8.4 million per year, or 0.01 percent of the USA military's annual budget for medical provisions, The Washington Post reports. Since then, several military officials have spoken out against the ban.

"I have great respect for the community", Trump told reporters.

"Plaintiffs have served honorably and successfully in the military since coming out as transgender, and their transgender status has not had any detrimental effect on their ability to serve or to fulfill their duties".

Meanwhile, two LGBT advocacy groups have filed the first federal lawsuit against the ban. The plaintiffs are represented by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, The New York Times reports.

But despite Trump's claims in his Twitter decree that he had based his decision on "consultation with his Generals and military experts", the leader of the Coast Guard came out against the decision and 56 retired generals and admirals have since warned Trump that banning transgender troops would degrade military readiness.

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