Wed, July 26, 2017: Trump bans transgenders from serving in U.S. military

President Trump announced on Twitter Wednesday that he will ban transgender people from serving in the military in any capacity, reversing an Obama administration decision to allow them to serve openly and drawing dismay and anger from advocates.

Citing the need to focus on what he called “decisive and overwhelming victory,” Trump said that the military cannot accept the burden of higher medical costs and the “disruption” that transgender troops “would entail.”

“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,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”

–The Washington Post, Abby Phillip, Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Dan Lamothe 

Thur, Mar. 2, 2017: Trump promotes military agenda in visit to U.S.S. Gerald Ford

President Donald Trump told sailors and shipboard workers aboard the yet-to-be commissioned aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford that he would rebuild the U.S. Navy and give the service the all the resources it needs to fight and win — to include more aircraft carriers.

“I just spoke with Navy and industry leaders and have discussed my plan to undertake a major expansion of our entire Navy fleet, including having the 12-carrier Navy we need,” Trump said Thursday to cheers from sailors and shipyard workers in attendance.

Currently, the Navy has 10 aircraft carriers.

“After years of budget cuts that have impaired our defense, I am calling for one of the largest defense spending increases in history. And by eliminating the sequester and the uncertainty it creates, we will make it easier for the Navy to plan for the future,” Trump said, referring to the budget caps that Congress has imposed on the Pentagon for the past five years.

Trump arrived on the ship on Marine 1, the shiny Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King helicopter. Trump’s helicopter was preceded on the flight deck by three MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.

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