News Brief: President Trump’s Transgender Ban Denounced by Top U.S. Military Officers

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News Brief Transgender Ban Denounced by Top U.S. Military Officers

News Brief Transgender Ban Denounced by Top U.S. Military Officers

News Brief:  President Trump’s Transgender Ban Denounced by Top U.S. Military Officers

The highest-ranking officer in the US military has rushed to play down Donald Trump’s announcement of a transgender ban, saying there will be no action taken for now.  General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote to military leaders to assure them that nothing has yet changed in the military’s inclusion of trans people.

In the message, seen by Reuters, General Dunford said there would be “no modifications to the current policy until the President’s direction has been received by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary has issued implementation guidance.”

The letter emphasizes the shock at Trump’s announcement, even from figures in the highest levels of the US government, who seem to have been unaware of the President’s intentions.

The ban, announced by the President in three short tweets, sparked outrage from LGBT people across the world and was condemned by everyone from former Vice President Joe Biden to acting star Laverne Cox.

The positions of 15,000 trans people in the military are now in immediate danger – not to mention trans citizens who will fear the cultural changes, which this ban could produce.  Navy SEAL Team 6 member Kristin Beck, who served for 20 years in the unit whose troops killed Osama Bin Laden, challenged Trump to tell her that she was “not worthy” to her face.