Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi slammed President Donald Trump on Tuesday night after his administration revived the ban on transgender individuals in the military.
Under former President Barack Obama, transgender troops were allowed to serve in the military, but Trump reversed that decision in a highly controversial move that sparked outrage. The administration’s new policy was revealed on Tuesday and declares that individuals serving in the military will not be eligible for hormone treatments or gender surgeries.
According to the memo, which was obtained by the Associated Press, service members can be discharged if they are “unable or unwilling to adhere to all applicable standards, including the standards associated with his or her biological sex, or seeks transition to another gender.”
Speaker Pelosi tweeted at Trump that his ban was “bigoted” and “disgusting” and called it “a stunning attack on the patriots who keep us safe.”
.@realDonaldTrump’s revival of his bigoted, disgusting ban on trans Americans serving in our armed forces is a stunning attack on the patriots who keep us safe. No one w/ the strength & bravery to serve should be turned away because of who they are. https://t.co/E51DkMehvA
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) March 13, 2019
In a statement, Speaker Pelosi elaborated more, and said that that the House of Representatives, which is currently controlled by Democrats, will try to fight the ban:
“The President’s years-long insistence on his cowardly ban makes clear that prejudice, not patriotism, guides his decisions. If implemented, this hateful policy would undermine our military readiness and betray our core American values.
No one with the strength and bravery to serve in the U.S. military should be turned away because of who they are. The House will continue to fight this discriminatory action, which has no place in our country. We will never allow hate and prejudice to dictate our national security”