Journalist Michael Wolff claims the president's trans ban was seemingly spur of the moment.
According to a new book by journalist Michael Wolff titled In Fire and Fury, the author attests that President Trump, when asked to consider a number of guidelines on transgender people serving in the military, thought about for about 10 minutes before tweeting that they should all be banned.
LGBTQ Nation quotes the passage from the book on their site:
And that evening, the president travelled to West Virginia to deliver a speech before the Boy Scouts of America. Once more, his speech was tonally at odds with time, place, and good sense.
It prompted an immediate apology from the Boy Scouts to its members, their parents, and the country at large. The quick trip did not seem to improve Trump’s mood: the next morning, seething, the president again publicly attacked his attorney general and – for good measure and no evident reason – tweeted his ban of transgender people in the military.
(The president had been presented with four different options related to the military’s transgender policy.
The presentation was meant to frame an ongoing discussion, but ten minutes after receiving the discussion points, and without further consultation, Trump tweeted his transgender ban.)
In July of last year, Trump made a seemingly impromptu tweet broadly stating that all transgender service members both active and incoming would be banned from serving their country:
"After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow......
....Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming.....
....victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you,"
Since then, many LGBT organizations, military officials, and allies, including our own San Diego Mayor Faulconer have criticized Trump's ban.
"In San Diego, we are proud of our military, our diversity, and salute all who answer the call to duty. Any American who wants to serve and meets readiness standards should be able to, regardless of gender identity," said Mayor Faulconer.
President Trump has already called the allegation "Fake News" in a tweet.
Despite his best efforts to ban trans folks, the Pentagon started accepting transgender recruits this week.