House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.).
(CNSNews.com) – On Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) would not say whether he supports President Donald Trump’s ban on transgenders in the military, but remarked that he is waiting to see what the White House and Defense Department “produce” on the issue.
At a Capitol Hill press conference, a reporter asked Ryan, “Do you agree with the president’s new policy banning all transgender individuals from serving in the military?”
Speaker Ryan did not answer that question but said, “The concern here in the House was whether or not the military will be forced to pay for these surgical procedures. I share those concerns.”
“The question on the broader issue,” he said, “that is being reviewed by the DOD and the White House,and I look forward to seeing what it is that they actually produce.”
The reporter then asked, “What’s your personal position on that?” Ryan said, “The DOD is reviewing this with the White House, I want to see what it is that they actually produce.”
Although Trump’s decision to overturn the Obama administration policy from 2016 of allowing openly transgender individuals to serve in the military has been harshly criticized, it could potentially save taxpayers up to $8.4 million dollars a year.
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.
Representative Vicky Hartzler (MO-R), member of the House Armed Services Committee and Chairman of the Values Action Committee, has openly praised President Donald Trump’s decision to ban transgender soldiers from serving in the United states military.
“I’m so pleased that the President, as our commander-in-chief, took the decisive steps necessary to ensure that our precious defense dollars are focused on meeting the threats facing us in this world right now,” Hartzler said during a July 26 conference call.
“We need to ensure that every solider is deployable,” she said. “The policy of the past rendered soldiers non-deployable and that’s not fair to the other service members who have to be deployed while they recover.”