DeSaulnier denounces Trump’s decision to ban transgender troops

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Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) issued a statement Wednesday in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to no longer “accept or allow” transgender people in the U.S. military. Trump announced the decision in a series of tweets that are posted below DeSaulnier’s statement. For more background, click on The New York Times’ article.

According to DeSaulnier:

“All people who are courageous enough to serve in our Armed Forces, regardless of gender identity, should have the full support of the President of the United States and the entire nation. Rather than unifying the country, President Trump is playing solely to his base—weakening our military and our morality. It is hypocritical that the President is willing to disparage brave Americans over minimal spending on health services, while failing to insist on a full audit of the $658 billion Department of Defense budget, which was recently found to have over $125 billion of identified bureaucratic waste.”

According to President Trump:

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