That bill was loaded with items Trump wanted, most famously a down-payment on his long-ballyhooed border wall between the United States and Mexico.
She emailed us her reaction to the controversy by saying, "I was definitely shocked". Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford said the transgender policy will remain unchanged until Trump sends an official directive to the Pentagon. As a military civilian, I was employed by the government but got my health benefits through private insurance, as in, none of the funds for my medical care came out of a military budget. As a Marine, she was out as queer but not as transgender, she said.
Dixon even said she is "very satisfied" with the policy and doesn't think it's a sign Trump is anti-LGBT. "It's like I don't want to go to your baby shower, but I want the invite". Trump also undercut Mattis, who announced a six-month study on the issue in June.
Trump made the announcement of the ban on Wednesday via Twitter, which reportedly took Mattis and others at the Department of Defense by surprise. What's more, removing openly trans members of the military would have an immediate effect on readiness - which contradicts the ostensible reasoning for reversing this policy in the first place. The Rand study estimates that health care costs would rise $2.4 million to $8.4 million a year.
In other words, Trump has no plan for how to proceed and hasn't given his military leaders time to develop protocols.
The White House said Wednesday that Trump made his decision on Tuesday and informed Mattis that day. He tweeted that the costs and the "disruption" were a burden on the focus and "overwhelming victory" of the military.
Beyond the immediate issues at hand, the ban on trans military personnel underscores at least two problems for the the president and the Republican Party.
Now the Rapid City parents of a transgender woman on active duty in the Air Force, are speaking out.
"I have yet to receive implementation guidance" from Mattis, Milley said. "I would challenge them [in court]". And I guess if you keep your "lifestyle choice" hidden, you could enlist and serve. A few dozen people gathered for one reason: to speak out against the ban. "That is a waste of money". But Adam and other transgender soldiers told the NewsHour Weekend that the damage to their morale had already been done.
They were able to serve openly as result of former Defense Secretary Ashton Carter lifting the ban on transgender military service a year ago.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar also responded to the U.S. President's comments during the week. He said he does not know if the letter had been read by the president. Nineteen percent of Republicans said they don't know. "Your guess is as good as mine", he said.
"It's a step toward the Middle Ages", she said. So I just disagree 100 percent. The study noted that not all of these service members will seek transition surgery or hormone therapy while part of the military. The amendment was defeated. And an inevitable step - the next down the path on which the armed services desegregated, opened career paths to women and, in 2010, ended the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy that treated gay, lesbian and bisexual service members as second-class citizens.
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