Truman Weighs In: President Trump’s Military Transgender Ban

On 26 July 2017, President Trump announced via Twitter that “the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military.” The Truman community immediately spoke out, declaring that all those who meet the qualifications should be able to serve, including transgender individuals--after all, the strength of the U.S. military is dependent on choosing the best of the best from the widest pool of applicants from all walks of life in our diverse nation.


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Earned Media

07/26/2017, AirTalk, Making sense of President Trump’s tweets banning transgender people from serving in U.S. military, featuring Alex Wagner, Truman Security Fellow

07/27/2017, EBL News, Shawn VanDiver discusses the WH announcement of the Transgender service ban, featuring Shawn VanDiver, Truman Defense Council

07/26/2017, WUSA9, #OffScriptOn9: Should transgender people be banned from the military?, featuring Alexandra Chandler, Truman Defense Council

07/26/2017, 11 Alive, Strong, swift local reaction to President Trump’s transgender military ban, featuring Scott Holcomb, Truman Security Fellow

07/27/17, ABC News, 'Fired by tweet': Troops, veterans react to transgender ban, by Alexandra Chandler, Truman Defense Council

07/27/17, WTNH8 (CT), New Haven native, military employee voices concern over transgender ban, featuring Alexandra Chandler, Truman Defense Council

Placed Media

07/26/2017, Just Security (Newsweek), We’ve Been Here Before: Discriminating Against Those Who Volunteer to Serve, by Bishop Garrison, Truman Defense Council

07/26/2017, Slate, Trump’s Transgender Ban Will Weaken the Military, co-authored by Phillip Carter, Truman Security Fellow

07/26/2017, Penn Law, Penn Law faculty react to Trump transgender military ban, featuring Mark Nevitt, Truman Defense Council

0 7/27/2017, The Seattle Times, Tweets against transgender patriots threaten military readiness, by Ross Cohen, Truman Political Partner

07/27/2017, Politico, Pentagon takes no steps to enforce Trump’s transgender ban, featuring Kristofer Goldsmith, Truman Defense Council

07/27/2017, Independent, ‘This is discrimination, plain and simple’: Trump’s ban on transgender military service deemed a ‘vile attack’ on LGBTQ Americans, featuring Tony Johnson, Truman Security Fellow

07/28/17, San Diego Union Tribune, Trump’s transgender ban disrupts military core missions, by Shawn Van Diver, Truman Defense Council

07/31/17, Slate, Trump’s Trans Troops Ban Would Require a Cruel and Exorbitantly Expensive Witch Hunt, by Alex Wagner, Truman Security Fellow

08/03/17,, Trump is wrong to remove transgender people from the military, by Margaret Mullins, Truman Defense Council

08/04/17, Inside Sources (Daily Interlake) (Savannah Morning News), Trump’s Reversal on Transgender Troops Hurts the Military, by Diane Maye, Truman Defense Council