Deputy White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders took to the podium to defend President Trump’s recent victory for family values, and common sense, in which the President banned transgenders from serving in the military.
CNN journalist April Ryan pressed Sanders, saying “There’s been a concern from the transgender community before President Trump became President Trump that, if Obamacare changed to TrumpCare, they were wondering if they were able to get the procedures to help them complete their phases of becoming the other sex, or the other gender… What do you say to transgender America who wants to continue with the change?”
Sanders responded by reminding this CNN journalists why the military exists. “This was a military decision. This was about military readiness, this was about unit cohesion, this was about resources within the military, and nothing more.” The military is a purpose-built fighting force, not a platform for progressives to peddle their latest social justice delusions.
Sanders further indicated that Defense Secretary James Mattis is well aware of the President’s decision and that he had been involved in the discussion that led to Trump’s decision.
“I think sometimes you have to make decisions and once he made a decision, he didn’t feel it was necessary to hold that decision, and they’re going to work together with the Department of Defense to lawfully implement it,” she said.
Moreover, in his series of tweets, President Trump stated that he had indeed consulted with his “Generals and military experts” in deciding to reverse the very recent transgender policy.
“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,” declared Trump.
While, there is an ongoing debate as to how the policy shall be implemented, Sander stated, “The implementation policy is going to be something that the White House and the Department of Defense have to work together to lawfully determine, and I would imagine the Department of Defense will be the lead on that and keep you posted as that takes place.”
Democrats, as well few Republican offered their support to transgenders, arguing that the Trump administration should have waited for the military’s pending medical impact study on transexuals to be completed before making any decision. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee stated: “Any American who meets current medical and readiness standards should be allowed to continue serving.” He added, “There is no reason to force service members who are able to fight, train, and deploy to leave the military – regardless of their gender identity.” And that, “I do not believe that any new policy decision is appropriate until that study is complete and thoroughly reviewed by the Secretary of Defense, our military leadership and the Congress.”
“The president has a lot of support for all Americans and certainly wants to protect all Americans at all times, “Sanders stated. “The president has expressed concerns since this Obama policy came into effect, but he’s also voiced that this is a very comprehensive and disruptive policy and based on consultation that he’s had with his national security team, came to the conclusion that it erodes military readiness and unit cohesion and made the decision based on that,” she added.
While, Secretary of Defense James Mattis is out on vacation, the U.S. military officials stated that it would be best if all questions were referred to the White House. Capt. Jeff Davis, spokesman for the Pentagon stated, “We will continue to work closely with the White House to address the new guidance provided by the Commander-in-Chief on transgender individuals serving the military,” and that “we will provide revised guidance to the Department in the near future.”