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Trump claims he is doing military a 'favor' by banning trans folk

Donald Trump elaborates on trans military ban.
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President Trump, speaking to journalists in Bedminster, N.J on Thursday elaborated for the first time about his proposed transgender military ban.

He appears to be standing firm on barring transgender men and women from military duty despite many criticisms from gay rights groups, military officials and members of his own party.   

“I have great respect for the community. I think I’ve had great support, or I’ve had great support from that community.

I got a lot of votes. But the transgender, the military’s working on it now. It’s been a very difficult situation and I think I’m doing a lot of people a favor by coming out and just saying it.

As you know, it’s been a very complicated issue for the military, it’s been a very confusing issue for the military, and I think I’m doing the military a great favor.”

This was no clarification as to what he meant by “it” in his statement.

This latest comment comes two weeks after Trump took to Twitter announcing a transgender ban which left high ranking military official wondering what to do next.

No official guidance or policy has been made public, and Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the military’s highest ranking officer, said at the time, current employment policies would remain in place.

Earlier this month The Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin told reporters that the VA will continue to support transgender service members once they leave the service.

“They can still count on that,” said Shulkin. “For life. Our policy is when somebody leaves the military and they've served their country we’re going to be there for them and we’re going to provide care for them until the end of their life.”