Trump says he’s doing the military a ‘great favour’ over transgender ban

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Donald took to Twitter last month to announce that anyone who identifies as trans will no longer be allowed to serve their country, citing “tremendous medical costs” and “disruption” by trans individuals.

“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 US Military,” he wrote when first tweeting out the ban.

“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. Thank you.”

This past week during a recent press conference in Bedminster, New Jersey, the president was asked by a reporter if he was betraying the LGBT+ community with such a ban – to which he said he wasn’t. 

“I have great respect for the community,” he began in response to the question of betrayal. “I think I’ve had great support, or I’ve had great support from that community, I got a lot of votes.”

Adding: “I think I’m doing a lot of people a favour by coming out and just saying. As you know, it’s been a complicated issue for the military, it’s been a confusing issue for the military.’

He was joined alongside VP Mike Pence.

A new report recently found that Trump’s trans military ban will come at a huge cost.

A Palm Centre report co-authored by current and retired professors at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey has estimated that the full cost of discharging and replacing trans soldiers in the US military is $960 million.

In case you were wondering, that’s outrageously more money than it would be to keep them – health care for the estimated 12,800 trans people already serving costs the military about $8.4 million per year.