President Trump tweeted on Wednesday that "transgender individuals" should not be allowed to serve in "any capacity" in the US military. "After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow ...," he wrote on Twitter. "Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming ..." He finished up by writing: "victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you." His comments are a significant change in the stance he took last year during the presidential campaign. "Thank you to the LGBT community! I will fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs," Trump wrote on Twitter in June 2016. President of Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, joined the Todd Starnes Show today to discuss what he calls "a big win for our nation's military".
Tony Perkins on the policy implemented during the Obama administration which allows transgender individuals to serve in U.S. military being "social engineering":
We can see a number of policies that the previous administration pushed. This was actually one that they pushed on their way out the door. You know they were advocating for and succeeded in overturning the ban on open homosexuality in the military and then they put women into front line combat units and then this, Ash Carter, former Secretary of Defense, that kind of pulled the pin on this as he was running out the door and the Obama administration was ending... But one of the big issues here was the cost associated with that for those that would choose to do the gender reassignment surgeries and the hormone treatments that would be required. Estimates projected that the cost over the next ten years could be upwards of $3.7 billion to facilitate this policy at a time when our military is scrounging for parts to fly its planes, it didn't make sense.
Sen. John McCain made a statement today apparently opposing President Trump's tweets announcing the transgender military ban. Sen. McCain's statement included, "Any American who meets current medical and readiness standards should be allowed to continue serving. There is no reason to force service members who are able to fight, train, and deploy to leave the military--regardless of their gender identity."
Tony Perkins responding to Sen. McCain's opposing statement:
That's interesting coming from McCain because he has opposed this policy in the past, so I'm surprised that he's making that statement. The military is not about individual affirmation... It's not about you, it is about the military and what makes the military effective. And so the idea that having someone come in that is confused about their gender, and if they have this gender reassignment surgery or go through hormone treatment, meaning that they would be non-deployable for a certain period of time depending on the level of surgery that they have, what's the point? Why would we spend tax dollars to facilitate people that you know, have issues with who they are and doing it on the military dime and filling a billet that could be filled by someone who could actually be deployable and be active in the military?
Tony Perkins on recently announced policies the U.S. Army planned on implementing in which female soldiers would have had to shower and share a facilities alongside men who identify as women, who have not yet gone through transition surgeries:
There's no consideration given to the 99.5% of the military, or the public for that matter, when we're looking at these bathroom policies. It's all about advancing and trying to give affirmation to this small minority that's confused over their gender. I mean even the military commanders having to take their people through training and teach them what to do if a man is pregnant in their platoon. This stuff is nonsense. It's stuff that would be fodder for you know, late night TV just five years ago, but now this is policy that the military is having to deal with as a result of the policy pushed by the previous administration. And to his credit, this president once again showing that look, the bottom line is the bottom line... I don't care what's politically correct, we're going to do what's best for the nation and what's best for our military.