Congress: Rep. Ken Buck says any American should be able to serve
Colorado Congressman Ken Buck, a Republican, pushed back against President Donald Trump’s decision Wednesday to bar transgender people from serving in the military “in any capacity.”
“America needs a military comprised of patriots willing to sacrifice for this country,” Buck, who represents Weld County and the Eastern Plains, said in a written statement. “Any American who is physically and emotionally qualified should be allowed to serve.”
Buck, who led the highprofile Greeley hate-crime prosecution of the killer of transgender woman Angie Zapata, was one of several members of Colorado’s congressional delegation to weigh in following Trump’s Twitter posts.
He wasn’t the only Colorado Republican pushing back.
“Anyone who wants to serve in our military and is capable and willing should be able to do so,” said U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado.
U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, an El Paso County Republican, supported Trump’s move.
“While I appreciate and respect the willingness of anyone to step forward and serve in uniform, I agree with the president’s decision,” Lamborn said in a statement.
U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, a Republican representing Colorado’s 6th Congressional District, took issue with how the order came down, saying, “President Trump should have allowed (Defense) Secretary (James) Mattis to finish his review of the policy that allowed transgender personnel to serve in the military ”