Summary (IA Generated)
The newly confirmed Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, who was with Biden for the signing along with Vice President Kamala Harris, released a statement that read, ‘The United States Armed Forces are in the business of defending our fellow citizens from our enemies, foreign and domestic.
I believe we accomplish that mission more effectively when we represent all our fellow citizens.
I also believe we should avail ourselves of the best possible talent in our population, regardless of gender identity.
We would be rendering ourselves less fit to the task if we excluded from our ranks people who meet our standards and who have the skills and the devotion to serve in uniform.
In a 2017 series of tweets, Trump announced his administration’s ban on transgender people serving in the military, which was, according to The Atlantic, just a year after a study that showed the impact of their openly serving would have little impact on the military.
Trump referred in his tweets to the potential costs.
At the time, it was pointed out by some that the costs were negligible, since in 2014, the military spent, according to Military Times, $84.
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4 million out of $6.
2 billion) increase in health care spending'(via The Washington Post).