Governor calls Trump ban ignorant and discriminatory


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP/WTNH) – Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy is among those condemning President Donald Trump’s plan to ban transgender individuals from serving in any capacity in the military.

The Democrat calls the plan, which was announced by the Republican president Wednesday on Twitter “ignorant and profoundly troubling.”Related Content: Trump to bar transgender individuals from armed forces

Malloy says he believes any able person who wishes to serve in the military should have that right.

On Wednesday afternoon, Malloy announced that he signed an executive order reinforcing the state’s nondiscrimination policies within the Connecticut Military Department.

A Rand Corp. study estimated that there are between 2,500 and 7,000 transgender service members on active duty and an additional 1,500 to 4,000 in the reserves.

Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy also released a statement, saying,

“Anyone who wants to and is qualified to serve in our military should be able to do so, period. Discrimination should have no place in our Armed Forces. There are thousands of members of the transgender community who are currently bravely and ably serving our country today. I’ll work with my colleagues to overturn this hateful policy.”

Congressman Joe Courtney also commented on the ban, saying,

“President Trump’s statement apparently banning transgender members of the military, even those now serving, is the height of irresponsibility. His tweet was issued at the same time the Department of Defense is undergoing a six-month comprehensive review of the policy allowing transgender Americans to serve in the military. Undercutting their work, and setting military policy by tweet, is reckless and disrespectful in the extreme.”

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