White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, threatened to shut down her press briefing on Wednesday due to the fact that many reporters were eager to get the details about the latest announcement by President Trump on Twitter which suggests that he is coming up with a new policy banning transgender Americans from serving in the military.
While responding to reporters, Huckabee Sanders said: “As I’ve said before and I’ll try to make this clear, this was a military decision, this was about military readiness, this was about unit cohesion, this was about resources within the military, and nothing more,” said Sanders. “Guys, I really don’t have anything else to add on that topic, as I do, I’ll keep you posted, but if those are the only questions we have, I’m going to call it a day. But if we have questions on other topics, I’ll be happy to take them.”
Ex president Barack Obama who is the immediate predecessor of President Trump favored the serving transgender members in the military by making it possible to them to serve openly in the armed forces. The transgenders in the military are estimated to be around 15,000. According to Obama’s policy,
“transgender Service members may serve openly, and they can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military solely for being transgender individuals.”
In the transgender policy in the department of defence, it says:
This policy was crafted through a comprehensive and inclusive process that included the leadership of the Armed Services, medical and personnel experts across the Department, transgender Service members, outside medical experts, advocacy groups, and the RAND Corporation.
Effective immediately, transgender Service members may serve openly, and they can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military solely for being transgender individuals.
These policies will be implemented in stages over the next 12 months-starting most immediately with addressing the needs of current Service members and their commanders, and followed by training for the entire force, and ultimately, beginning to admit transgender recruits.