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Congressman Mark DeSaulnier

Representing the 11th District of California

Congressman DeSaulnier’s Statement on Trump’s Decision to Prevent Transgender Americans from Serving in the Military

July 26, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) issued the below statement in response to President Trump’s decision to no longer allow transgender Americans to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military.

“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.”