March 13, 2019
It’s been a year and a half since President Trump made the decision to rescue the military from the transgender distractions of the Obama years. And in 30 days, he might actually get to see that order take effect.
As commander-in-chief, making quick decisions is a necessity. Thanks to liberal activists, Donald Trump has never had that luxury. Instead of fighting the president’s policies in Congress or at the ballot box – they’d rather take the administration to court. That means national security issues – like rolling back Obama’s social experimentation in the military – get put on hold. In the case of partially banning transgenderism, for almost two years.
Fortunately for the president – and our men and women in uniform – the Supreme Court gave the White House the green light to move forward with the policy while the fight plays out in the courts. Now, the Defense Department seems well on its way to doing what our troops and the plurality of Americans have demanded since 2016: restoring some common sense to the military’s mission.
This week, the Pentagon approved a new policy that will prevent recruits from using the military as their free ticket to costly gender surgery or drugs. “After April 12, no one with gender dysphoria who is taking hormones or has transitioned to another gender will be allowed to enlist. And any currently serving troops diagnosed with gender dysphoria after April 12 will have to serve in their birth gender and will be barred from taking hormones or getting transition surgery.” If service secretaries choose, they can waive the policy on a case-by-case basis.
Already, as of February 1, taxpayers have forked over $7,943,906.75 to military gender reassignment surgeries, hormones, and psychotherapy. That’s millions of dollars it could have spent equipment, salaries, and training. Not a penny of that went to the Pentagon’s real purpose: fighting and winning wars. Fortunately, President Trump has led the charge to bring the Defense Department’s priorities back in line. “I want a very, very strong military,” Trump has said. And he’s proved it – putting the security of our nation first, no matter what or who stands in his way.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.