President Donald Trump made an announcement Wednesday morning via Twitter, leading to outrage among liberals. Trump stated that transgender individuals will no longer be allowed to serve in the military due to certain risks and medical costs that accompany gender transitions.
Hours later, Senator John McCain responded to Trump’s announcement. He released a full statement on his official website, strongly disagreeing with the president. McCain stated, “The President’s tweet this morning regarding transgender Americans in the military is yet another example of why major policy announcements should not be made via Twitter.”
He continues, “The statement was unclear. The Department of Defense has already decided to allow currently-serving transgender individuals to stay in the military, and many are serving honorably today. Any American who meets current medical and readiness standards should be allowed to continue serving. There is no reason to force service members who are able to fight, train, and deploy to leave the military—regardless of their gender identity. We should all be guided by the principle that any American who wants to serve our country and is able to meet the standards should have the opportunity to do so—and should be treated as the patriots they are.”
He concluded, “The Department of Defense is currently conducting a study on the medical obligations it would incur, the impact on military readiness, and related questions associated with the accession of transgender individuals who are not currently serving in uniform and wish to join the military. I do not believe that any new policy decision is appropriate until that study is complete and thoroughly reviewed by the Secretary of Defense, our military leadership, and the Congress. The Senate Armed Services Committee will continue to follow closely and conduct oversight on the issue of transgender individuals serving in the military.”
McCain shared a snippet of his statement on his personal Twitter account. He highlighted his view that “any american who meets certain standards should be able to serve.”
McCain’s statement against President Trump comes shortly after the Senator returned for the health care reform vote. On July 19th, it was revealed to the public that McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer. Since his diagnosis, he has made a quick return, immediately jumping back into his work.