Newly Confirmed Trump Official Turns On President - Makes Stunning Announcement

While it's easy to focus on the political divide among the nation's civilians, some of the more noteworthy discord exists within the current administration.

President Donald Trump shocked the nation last month when he announced that he would be banning transgendered people from serving in the military in any way. Trump had run on a platform promising to be more supportive of the LGBTQ community's rights, but this came as another big blow to the progress made by Trump's predecessor. Trump insisted that the decision was based on the recommendations from 'my Generals and military experts', but not all military experts agree.

Secretary of the Navy, Richard V. Spencer, visited the Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia on Thursday night, and was asked by reporters about his opinion on the president's announcement. Spencer quickly expressed disagreement.

"On a fundamental basis, any patriot that wants to serve and meets all the requirements should be able to serve in our military," he said.

Spencer was confirmed a week after Trump made his announcement. He's said in the past that he doesn't believe the military should be a 'petri dish for social experiments', but by that he says he meant that the Pentagon should develop policies as a whole, rather than individual branches.

“I totally believe that policy should be developed at the [Department of Defense] level, and then discussed and socialized and deployed and then obeyed,” he continued. “We have to work together, including all our service people, to make sure that they are given what they need, whether that be spiritually, whether that be psychologically, whether that's materialistically, to fight forward so that — so readiness is the key and lethality is the product.”

It's unclear exactly which experts Trump consulted on the issue. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis says he was told of the decision a day before it was announced.

The ban may have been an effort on the president's part to quickly and quietly resolve a battle on Capitol Hill over whether transgender hormone therapy and surgeries should be paid for by taxpayer dollars. The heated dispute could have killed a $790 billion defense and security spending package vote. By up-ending the transgender policy, it quickly put an end to the arguments.

The decision wasn't unpopular. Conservatives applauded the bold move by the president. Permission for transgendered people to openly serve is only a recent move that was instituted last year by former President Barack Obama.

Many believe that transgendered people themselves often argue that extensive medical treatments are required for not only their physical needs, but mental health. Transgendered individuals are much more likely than non-transgendered to suffer from depression, anxiety and to harbor suicidal tendencies. Opponents of transgendered people serving in the military say that the high mental health risks are exactly why transgendered people aren't suited for the armed forces.

Source: The Hill, Western Journalism
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