Pelosi Says Trump’s Ban on Transgenders in the Military ‘Is Designed to Humiliate Brave Americans’

By Staff | March 6, 2019 | 11:31 AM EST

Speaker Nancy Pelosi in San Francisco Gay Pride Parade, June 28, 2015. (Getty Images/Max Whittaker)

( - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a Tweet sent out on Tuesday night that President Donald Trump’s ban on transgenders serving in the U.S. military “is designed to humiliate brave Americans.”

“Trump’s trans ban is designed to humiliate brave Americans,” she said. It is deeply concerning that DOD officials appear to have given inaccurate testimony to Congress to justify a discriminatory policy. We must ensure that hate doesn’t dictate our national security.”

To back up her assertion that “DOD officials appear to have given inaccurate testimony to Congress,” Pelosi linked her Tweet to a statement put out by a former secretary of the Navy, a former secretary of the Air Force and a former secretary of the Army, who argued that it was a “success” to have transgenders in the armed forces.

“In seeking to justify President Trump’s wrong-headed ban on transgender service members at a congressional hearing last week, Defense Department officials made misleading claims,” said the statement by former Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, former Secretary of the Air Force Deborah James Lee and former Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning.

“Under inclusive policy that is currently in effect, transgender service members must meet exactly the same fitness and deployability standards as everybody else, but the witnesses ignored data confirming the success of that policy while making the untrue assertion that holding all service members to the same standards affords ‘special accommodations’ to transgender troops,” they said.

“We agree with the 41 retired General and Flag Officers who affirmed their support for inclusive policy last week,” they said. “There is no defensible rationale for imposing ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ on honorably serving transgender troops.”

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