Edie Dixon, a transgender man that identifies as a woman, agrees with Donald Trump's transgender military ban. Dixon states that transgenders are "medically reliant" and that transgenders "should be disqualified". He states that "we are no better than diabetics...we should be disqualified at enlistment because we are medically reliant". He also states that "we can't be reckless, especially in our military". While the majority of the transgender community thinks that the ban was made because "Trump hates the LGBT community", Dixon believes that transgenders are medically reliant, like diabetics and asthmatics, so they shouldn't be allowed in the military.
Edie Dixon, a transgender, says that he is "very satisfied" with Donald Trump's transgender military ban. Dixon states that "this is Trump showing he is a president for equality, because this isn't about transgender people, this is about transgender treatment." He also states that Trump's new ban is a part of his promise of keeping Americans safe. While the majority of the transgender community believes that Trump is making this ban because he "hates the transgender community", Dixon believes that the ban is keeping America safe because he believes that "we don't need any more political correctness in this country. We need truth, and we need safety."
The Senate is planning to make the National Defense Authorization Act, which would reverse Trump's decision of preventing transgenders from serving in the military. Orrin Hatch states that he "doesn't think we should be discriminating against anyone. Transgender people are people, and deserve the best we can do for them." Democrats on the Senate are hoping to get enough republicans to pass an amendment to reverse Trump's decision to ban transgenders from the military.
Transgenders in the army have been speaking out against Trump's ban that prevents transgenders from enlisting in the military. They say that this ban "is a step backward for civil rights and will promote inequality in the armed forces." Army Captain Jennifer Sims states that the ban is "going to create this situation where there is a complete inequality in how transgender troops are treated." Somebody who does not oppose the ban is Elaine Donnelly, who states that the military's funds should not be used "to indulge transgender demands."
Donald Trump states that transgender people cannot serve in the U.S. Military. Trump states in a series of tweets, "After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military." He also states that, "Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail." The ban will not go into effect immediately though, says Sarah Sanders. The implementation policy has to be worked out, she said when asked if troops on battlefields would be immediately sent back to the United States.
On July 15, Donald Trump tweeted "After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you." About a year ago, there was already a ban that was lifted by Barack Obama. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders states that Donald Trumps administration believed that the decision reached last year by Obama's administration "erodes military readiness and unit cohesion."