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Here's What Trans Veterans Are Saying About Trump's Trans Military Ban

"I, a trans person, have done more for the defense of America than Trump ever will."

President Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning that transgender people cannot "serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military."

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"Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail," he said in a series of tweets.

Trans celebrities and activists such as Sarah McBride and Janet Mock were quick to respond to the announcement.


Laverne Cox thanked trans people currently serving for their service.

While it is still not clear what his decision means for transgender people currently serving in the armed forces, trans veterans took to Twitter to share their disapproval of the president's actions.

Chelsea Manning, the US soldier who was recently released from prison after leaking military intelligence reports, called the decision "cowardice."

Kristin Beck, the first former Navy SEAL to come out as transgender, tweeted directly at the president, "MEET ME & tell me I'm not WORTHY to my face."

Beck also spoke to BuzzFeed News directly, stating, "Medical costs for transgender people are the equivalent of one price of one wheel of a fighter…it’s a leadership problem, take care of your people."


"I gave my entire youth to the service of my country," tweeted one veteran. "It's all I know."

"I, a trans person, have done more for the defense of America than Trump ever will," added another.

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Many argued against Trump's statement that trans soldiers were a distraction to military operations.


And many others voiced a feeling of betrayal from the country they served proudly.



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