Rep. Takano Statement on Transgender Military Ban

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), vice ranking member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement in response to President Trump’s announcement that he will ban transgender Americans from military service. 

“President Trump’s decision to kick transgender service members out of the military reflects no understanding or appreciation for the sacrifices made by those who serve. Every American who is willing to risk their life to defend our freedom deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. And any form of discrimination against the transgender community is unacceptable.  

“President Trump is the commander in chief. He needs to start acting like it.”

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