Pelosi Statement on President Trump's Signing of Memorandum Implementing Discriminatory Assault on Transgender Troops

Aug 25, 2017
Press Release

Contact: Ashley Etienne/Henry Connelly, 202-226-7616

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after President Trump signed a memorandum ordering the Pentagon to block transgender Americans from enlisting in the military, to halt payment for medically necessary treatments for transgender troops, and to consider drumming transgender troops out of the military:

“The Commander-in-Chief is ordering the Pentagon to hurt and humiliate thousands of Americans who serve in our military with strength and courage.  Prejudice, not the national defense, is behind President Trump’s cruel decision to kick transgender troops out of the military.
“A study commissioned by the Department of Defense itself found that the cost of providing medically necessary care for transgender troops would be miniscule.  In fact, every year, the Pentagon spends five times more on Viagra than they would for transition-related care. 
“The President of the United States should have more respect for the transgender men and women who had the patriotism and bravery to serve our country in uniform.”

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