President Donald J. Trump and Rev.
Franklin Graham. (BGEA)
Commenting on President Donald J. Trump's decision to reinstate the ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military -- the ban was lifted by President Obama in 2016 -- evangelical leader Franklin Graham said Trump was "exactly right" because we don't need people in the military "who are confused about their gender," and the military should not be "aiding in gender 'transitions.'"
On July 26, President Trump announced on Twitter, "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 capcaity 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."
According to the Rand Corporation, somewhere between 1,320 and 6,630 transgender people are on active duty out of a total 1.3 million service members. Thus, transgenders comprise somewhere between 0.1% and 0.5% of the active military.
In a July 26 post on Facebook, Rev. Franklin Graham said, "President Donald J. Trump made a bold move today in announcing that the U.S. military will not accept transgender individuals to serve. He’s exactly right. And I’m proud that we have a president who sees and understands the truth."
"As Americans, whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, we should celebrate when our leaders do the right thing for our country," he said.
"President Obama’s policy on this was a mistake," said Rev. Graham. "We don’t need people in the military who are confused about their gender—and the military shouldn’t be aiding in gender 'transitions.'"
President Trump is laser focused on making our military better and stronger," said the reverend. "Pray for him as he faces critics and opposition."
Franklin Graham, 65, is president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and he also oversees the international Christian relief group Samaritan's Purse.