Sen. Orrin Hatch sides with transgender Americans after Trump’s call to ban them from military service

Sen. Orrin Hatch said Wednesday that the U.S. should not “be discriminating against anyone” following President Donald Trump’s decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military.

Trump made the announcement via Twitter on Wednesday morning, saying “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,” said Trump.

“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.”

Hatch’s response via The Hill:

“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.”