Oregon state and city leaders are voicing their responses to President Donald Trump’s recent declaration stating he will ban any transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military.
In several tweets Wednesday, the president said the government “will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.”
After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
....Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
....victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
Oregon Governor Kate Brown said the ban will continue to divide the country.
Our country is stronger thanks to all brave patriots willing to serve. A trans military ban is yet another attempt to divide and distract.— Governor Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) July 26, 2017
Oregon senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and other leaders also expressed their opinions on social media.
Trump chooses bigotry over security. Shutting out transgender Americans who want to serve our country makes us less safe, not safer.— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) July 26, 2017
On Twitter, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler thanked current trans service members and offered them support.
There are thousands of transgender Americans serving in the military. You have earned our thanks and respect.— Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) July 26, 2017
According to a RAND study, there are between 2, 500 and 7,000 transgender service members currently serving in the U.S. military with another 1,500 to 4,000 in the reserves.
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