McCain Rips Trump’s Transgender Policy: ‘Major Policy Announcements Should Not Be Made Via Twitter’

Senator John McCain, who came back to Washington D.C. after surgery and being diagnosed with brain cancer, is standing up to President Trump‘s new policy that transgender individuals will not be allowed in the army.

Trump announced via Twitter Wednesday morning that transgender individuals will not be allowed in the military. McCain started off his statement by calling out Trump for making this announcement on social media, saying it is unclear.

“The President’s tweet this morning regarding transgender Americans in the military is yet another example of why major policy announcements should not be made via Twitter. The statement was unclear. The Department of Defense has already decided to allow currently-serving transgender individuals to stay in the military, and many are serving honorably today.”

McCain then continued by going against the President’s decision, stating why he thinks transgender service members should be allowed to serve.

“Any American who meets current medical and readiness standards should be allowed to continue serving. There is no reason to force service members who are able to fight, train, and deploy to leave the military—regardless of their gender identity. 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.”

The Obama administration passed the law that required the U.S. Government to pay for transgender service members’ gender transition surgeries and hormone therapy. McCain finished his statement by saying Trump should not make this decision before the Department of Defense finishes their research “on the medical obligations it would incur, the impact on military readiness, and related questions associated with the accession of transgender individuals who are not currently serving in uniform and wish to join the military.”

McCain is not the only senator to oppose the President. Senator Orrin Hatch also tweeted his disapproval shortly after.

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