McCain chal­lenges trans­gen­der troops ban

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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.

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