President Donald Trump stirred debate and reaction after he announced that so-called transgender people will not be allowed to served in the US military “in any capacity.” He tweeted on Wednesday that after consulting with military brass, he has ordered that the federal government “will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military.” He said that the military must be “focused on decisive and overwhelming victory,” and should not be “burdened” with “tremendous medical costs and disruption” associated with transgender people.

Not only former vice president Joseph Biden, but predictable Trump-critic Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) denounced the change in policy. "The Department of Defense has already decided to allow currently serving transgender individuals to stay in the military, and many are serving honorably today," said a statement on Sen. McCain's official website. "Any American who meets current medical and readiness standards should be allowed to continue serving."

Other critics included Apple CEO and gay advocate Tim Cook, and Chelsea Elizabeth Manning: a former US Army private who as Bradley Edward Manning was convicted of violating the Espionage Act.

Commenting on Trump’s announcement was Julian Assange of WikiLeaks. On Twitter, Assange credited Trump for distracting his liberal critics. Assange wrote: Trump’s ‘trans out of the military’ is an obvious political distraction. Liberals leap on the bait and do exactly what Trump wants.”

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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