Trump: Trans­gen­der or­der a ‘great fa­vor’

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Dave Boyer

Pres­i­dent Trump said Thurs­day his sur­prise ban on trans­gen­der troops was “a great fa­vor” for the U.S. mil­i­tary.

“It’s been a very dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion and I think I’m do­ing a lot of peo­ple a fa­vor by com­ing out and just say­ing it,” Mr. Trump said at his golf club in Bed­min­ster, New Jersey. “It’s been a very con­fus­ing is­sue for the mil­i­tary, and I think I’m do­ing the mil­i­tary a great fa­vor.”

The pres­i­dent an­nounced the new pol­icy last month in a series of tweets. He said he took the ac­tion be­cause “our mil­i­tary must be fo­cused on de­ci­sive and over­whelm­ing vic­tory.”

The move sparked crit­i­cism from law­mak­ers in both par­ties, some re­tired mil­i­tary of­fi­cers and the trans­gen­der com­mu­nity. There are more than 2,000 trans­gen­der troops cur­rently serv­ing.

Mr. Trump said he has “great re­spect for the [trans­gen­der] com­mu­nity.”

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