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By Chad Groening, OneNewsNow, March 27, 2018
A conservative military watchdog says President Trump has done the right thing by issuing a new directive disqualifying transgenders from serving in the U.S. military.
On Friday night, Trump issued a new executive order that prohibits transgender individuals from serving in the armed forces except under “certain limited circumstances.” The White House said retaining troops with a history or a diagnosis of “gender dysphoria” – those who may require substantial medical treatment – “presents considerable risk to military effectiveness and lethality.”
As expected, the new policy was promptly assailed by congressional Democrats, civil rights groups, and the pro-LGBT Human Rights Campaign.
The new order comes based on findings documented in a new 44-page Department of Defense study and on the recommendation of Defense Secretary James Mattis. Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, has high praise for the report.
“I appreciate the fact that the report is completely fact-based,” she tells OneNewsNow. “It quotes many new sources – experts in the field of psychology, endocrinology, and otherwise; people who know what they’re talking about when it comes to these psychological conditions, which can be very complex.”
Donnelly says while the Trump administration has taken a big step to eliminate political correctness in the military, more steps still need to be taken.
“The federal judges still are running the military – and you can see the difficulties here because of the court orders. It’s almost a bifurcated policy now,” she explains.
“We have Obama’s policies [being] upheld by the courts – [and] in the meantime, Secretary Mattis and President Trump have said very clearly [that] transgender persons who require or who have undergone gender transition surgeries or treatments are disqualified from military service.”
The CMR leader predicts much of the confusion won’t be resolved until the Supreme Court intervenes.