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Even John McCain Disagrees with Trump’s Trans Military Ban

Even John McCain Disagrees with Trump’s Trans Military Ban

John Mccain
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“There is no reason.” 

It's not a good look when some of the people deepest on your side of the political party lines disagrees with you on a massive announcement and proclamation. That's exactly what's happening to Donald Trump after he decided to affect major policy change over Twitter this morning, calling for a reinstatement of the ban on transgender individuals serving in the military.

Related | President Trump Bans Transgender People From Serving in Military

A few hours after Trump's tweets went live, Senator John McCain, the very same who just voted to dismantle Obamacare and leave millions uninsured, released a statement on his website attacking Trump's handling of the situation and announcement.

"The President's tweet this morning regarding transgender Americans in the military is yet another example of why major policy announcements should not be made via Twitter," it begins. "Any American who meets current medical and readiness standards should be allowed to continue serving. There is no reason to force service members who are able to fight, train, and deploy to leave the military - regardless of their gender identity. We should all be guided by the principle that any American who wants to serve our country and is able to meet the standards should have the opportunity to do so--and should be treated as the patriots they are."

It's quite telling of Donald Trump's decision making that people who, by the numbers, should be the deepest in his corner, are eager to voice their disproval. Read McCain's full statement, here.

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