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Carson Calls Trump's Transgender Military Ban "unacceptable"

WASHINGTON, DC -- Indianapolis Representative Andre Carson is calling the President's tweets on banning transgender people from the military "unacceptable".

"We have over 15,000 transgendered troops currently serving in our military," Carson said of the tweets. "The President's move, which could possibly lead to their discharge, puts politics ahead of national security."

The President tweeted this morning that  "the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military." He said he made the decision after consulting with US Generals and "military experts."

"We've had transgender brothers and sisters serving in our military for decades now," Carson continued. "This is nothing new and I think they should be allowed to serve."

Ash Carter, the Defense secretary under Obama, ended the ban on transgender people serving openly in the military in 2016, but allowed for a year-long review process to allow the Pentagon to determine how it would accept new transgender recruits into the military.

On the eve of that one-year deadline, Mattis announced that he was delaying the implementation of the new policy, saying he needed more time. 

Ironically Trump's order comes on the anniversary that President Truman de-segregated the military in 1948.


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