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Trump’s Transgender Ban May Actually Undermine American Security
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Trump’s Transgender Ban May Actually Undermine American Security

Lawrence J. Korb writes about how a ban on transgender people serving openly in the military could undermine national security.

Here we go again. President Donald Trump just announced—on Twitter, completely out of the blue and without even telling the Pentagon—that he intends to ban transgender people from openly serving their country in the U.S. military.

President Trump’s announcement says that transgender people will no longer be able to serve their country. This not only discriminates against a group of fellow citizens for no good reason, but will actually undermine our national security by forcing thousands of people already serving to leave the military, while preventing many other highly qualified people from joining.

The above excerpt was originally published in The National Interest. Click here to view the full article.

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Lawrence J. Korb

Senior Fellow