Durbin Statement On President Trump Reinstating Ban On Transgender People Serving In U.S. Military

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement after President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. government will no longer accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military:

“The bedrock principle of our all-volunteer military is to evaluate every individual on the basis of their willingness and ability to serve.  The president's announcement this morning banning transgender individuals from serving our military ironically falls on the 69th anniversary of President Harry Truman signing an executive order to desegregate the military. Instead of honoring the progress we have made on this historic day, the President chose to put our military, once again, in the middle of a discriminatory policy.”