Washington D.C.—Congressman Eliot L. Engel released the following statement:
“Today the President has taken steps to weaken the strongest military force in the world by banning transgender individuals from any form of military service. This decision is disgraceful, discriminatory, and severely insulting to all current and future transgender service members who want nothing more than to serve the country they love. The language the President used in announcing his decision, stating our military ‘cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail’ is brazenly ignorant of how the military operates and the contributions transgender service members are already making. The United States of America faces grave threats from evil forces every day. We need every person who is willing and capable to help face those threats.
“Every day we struggle to make our society better, but this decision by the President to exclude certain patriots from service does the exact opposite. Discrimination doesn't make America great. This decision cannot stand and we must do everything within our power to fight it.”
Please note this statement was originally published on July 26, 2017 by Congressman Engel’s House of Representative’s office and posted to this website no sooner than 72 hours after initial publication.