McCain challenges transgender troops ban
WASHINGTON – The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee has joined an effort to challenge President Trump’s announced ban on transgender troops, a sign that open resistance to the order is growing.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a military hawk and one of the GOP’s most outspoken critics of Trump, said Friday that he was backing the measure because “we should welcome all those who are willing and able to serve our country.”
“Any member of the military who meets the medical and readiness standards should be allowed to serve – including those who are transgender,” he continued.
The announcement from McCain came as he joined Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., the ranking Democrat on the committee, and committee members Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, in introducing a bill to thwart the president’s plan.