Langevin Statement on President Trump’s Tweets Barring Transgender Servicemembers

Jul 26, 2017 Issues: Armed Services, LGBT Rights

Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement on President Trump’s tweets regarding transgender servicemembers in the military:

“I am appalled by the President’s tweets early this morning, which dishonor the transgender servicemembers who are already protecting our country here at home and around the world. To wear the uniform is a noble endeavor and a true expression of love for one’s country. The President has casually cast aside the sacrifices transgender individuals have made and will continue to make, displaying an utter lack of respect for our armed forces and materially harming our national security in the process. If the Department of Defense is to issue any “revised guidance,” it must treat our transgender servicemembers with the same respect and dignity we afford each and every person within our ranks. To do otherwise is discriminatory and unjust.”