President Donald Trump took to twitter Wednesday morning to announce to his 34.6 million followers that the United States government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in the US Military.
The series of tweets from President Trump comes as a complete surprise to everyone but himself. His statement also contradicts his campaign promises to the entire LGBTQ community and American citizens about his stance on equality for all.
At the Republican National Convention, Trump said he would protect LGBTQ citizens from “violence and oppression,” and vowed to be a strong defender of the LGBT community.
Studies show that the number of transgender people currently in the military range between 1,320 and 6,630.
It is unclear on how the Presidents statements will be enacted into law. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders failed to answer how military would deal with active transgender individuals.
When asked about this issue at the White House earlier Wednesday afternoon, Trump declined to respond.
WAOK will have the latest updates on this developing story.
- Julien Virgin is a staff writer at CBS Radio Atlanta.