President Trump Needs to Take the Next Step Regarding Military Transgenders


Last Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced that he would discontinue administrative directives ordering the armed forces to accommodate transgenders in the military.

Our friend Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, here explains what the next steps are to accomplish the President’s directive:

“The Center for Military Readiness applauds President Trump for showing decisive leadership in announcing his intent to halt a massive social experiment in the armed forces. This action is necessary because Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, wrongly ordered the military to assume the risks of retaining and recruiting a cohort of persons who are suffering from gender dysphoria—a psychological condition that involves confusion about gender identity.

President Donald Trump had every right and responsibility to announce an end to his predecessor’s most extreme imposition of political correctness in our military.

The military health system (MHS) is designed to be a national security force multiplier. It should not be misused to indulge transgender demands and theories that are contradicted by biological realities, science and common sense. Expensive life-long hormone treatments and irreversible surgeries associated with gender dysphoria would negatively affect personal deployability and mission readiness, without resolving underlying psychological problems, including high risks of suicide.

The next step is to formalize what the commander-in-chief announced yesterday. President Trump or the Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, should formally revoke expendable Obama-era administrative directives, which were written in consultation with LGBT activist groups and like-minded, always-pro LGBT contractors such as RAND.