Velazquez Condemns Trump Banning Transgender Americans from Military Service
Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement regarding Tweets issued by President Trump Wednesday morning calling for a ban on transgender individuals serving in the military:
“It’s another shameful low when the President stoops to fear and bigotry to denounce the service of those risking their lives for our country. There are transgender Americans serving honorably in every branch of our military, both in the active and reserve forces. Calling for a prohibition on their service is simply divisive political rhetoric meant to cater to those holding prejudiced views.
“Not only is this proposal an ugly affront to our values, but pursuing a policy like this would put our troops in harm’s way by eroding morale and depriving our military of the broadest possible pool of talent. I call on Mr. Trump to immediately retract these comments.”
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