Local transgender Veteran refutes President Trump's claim that transgender military are too costly

NOW: Local transgender Veteran refutes President Trump’s claim that transgender military are too costly

President Trump tweeted out a transgender ban in the U.S. Military Wednesday morning.

The President saying that "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. 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."

2nd district democratic Congressman Mark Pocan of Kenosha called it outrageous and shameful.

He's a member of the LGBT equality caucus.

Pocan said "what President Trump has done today is tell more than a million American that they are not equal of valued."

Former congressional candidate Rebecca Solen is a Veteran and transgender and told CBS 58 News that the President's expense claims fly in the face of a recent study on the issue.

"The estimation is that there are less than 7,000 transgender people serving in the military which is a very small fraction of how many service members we have," explained Solen. "If you look at the actual cost of what that would entail, I would think it would probably be less than what he's spending for his weekend trips to Mar-a-Lago."

That was reference to the President's Florida resort.

Solen anticipates that members of the military who came out as transgender during the President Obama administration face discharge.

Others will remain silent in order to keep serving.

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