"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 capacity in the U.S. Military", read the President's tweet. These testimonies speak both to their qualifications for military service, as well as the sacrifices transgender members of the military have made and continue to make on behalf of the United States.
"I began my day today as I often begin my days by checking Donald Trump's Twitter feed to see how far the insane has spread", Colbert said during his opening monologue. It brought up bad memories for the naval officer, who served on September 11, 2001.
"I think there's a lot of confusion and it hearkens back to 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell", said Kaitlin Legg, the director of the LGBT Resource Center at the University of North Florida. We should all be guided by the principle that any American who wants to serve our country and is able to meet the standards should have the opportunity to do so-and should be treated as the patriots they are.
Rudy Akbarian, 26, said he will not leave the armed forces without a fight.
"Everybody is hurt. Everybody is scared", he said. We as a people get to determine whether Trump's methods are successful.
"The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, said Thursday in a memo to all military service chiefs, commanders and enlisted military leaders that there will be no modifications" for now to current policy allowing all transgender people to serve openly. And not a single one of them knows what's going to happen as a result of President Trump's tweet.
"These are soldiers, airmen, marines, sailors who are risking their lives, their way of life to protect you who are not serving", said Daytona".
She went on to say the decision would have otherwise been "expensive and disruptive".
Capt. Jacob Eleazer, 31, who serves in the Kentucky Army National Guard, took the day off from his job as a therapist in Lexington to figure out the situation.
"At this point it's just a tweet", said Jonah Minot.
Navy SEAL Team 6 member Kristin Beck, who served for 20 years in the unit whose troops killed Osama Bin Laden, challenged Trump to tell her that she was "not worthy" to her face.
Steve Kilar, a spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, said that current military personnel who are transgender shouldn't panic. "They will not get gainful employment". And the president is publicly quarreling with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, his most loyal Cabinet member. "Now that this came out, all those thousands of people that came out are going to end up getting thrown out".
His statements on Twitter undermine policies set forth by President Obama's administration, which said previous year that transgender people could openly serve in the military. "Playing politics with the lives of our service men and woman is incredibly disrespectful and puts our men and women at danger being attacked, discriminated against whenever they need to focus on their primary mission".
What matters most is if "you have my back in a firefight", Shinn said.