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Donald Trump Says Transgender People Won't Be Allowed To Serve In Military

He said he made the decision “after consultation with my Generals and military experts.”

26/07/2017 16:00 SAST | Updated 26/07/2017 16:00 SAST

President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that transgender people would not be allowed to serve in the U.S. military.

In June 2016, the Pentagon lifted a ban against transgender men and women serving in the military.

"Our mission is to defend this country, and we don't want barriers unrelated to a person's qualification to serve preventing us from recruiting or retaining the soldier, sailor, airman or Marine who can best accomplish the mission," then-Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said. "We have to have access to 100% of America's population for our all-volunteer force to be able to recruit from among them the most highly qualified — and to retain them."

Trump ― who argued during the 2016 campaign he was better for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans than his Democratic opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clintondodged the draft a total of five times, once arguing he couldn't serve in the U.S. military because of bone spurs in his heels.

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