Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on Wednesday said the U.S. should not “be discriminating against anyone” in response to President Trump’s announcement that he will ban all transgender people from serving in the military.
“I don’t think we should be discriminating against anyone. Transgender people are people, and deserve the best we can do for them,” the senator said in a statement.
“I look forward to getting much more information and clarity from our military leaders about the policy the President tweeted today.”
A little earlier, Hatch said he stands with transgender individuals in his state in response to a tweet from a grassroots group in Utah that opposes the president.
— Utah Indivisible (@UtahIndivisible) July 26, 2017
— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) July 26, 2017
Hatch’s response came shortly after President Trump announced Wednesday that he will ban transgender people from all military service.
“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 announced 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. Thank you.”
The proposal constitutes a major shift in United States military policy and comes one year after the Obama administration removed the ban on letting transgender individuals openly serve.