UPDATED 10:11 AM PT — Wednesday, June 5, 2019
President Trump recently spoke out on his support for LGBTQ rights, while still defending his stance on banning transgender people from serving in the military.
In an interview that aired Wednesday, British commentator Piers Morgan pressed the president on why he felt the need to enforce that ban after recently tweeting about protecting the LGBTQ community.
In response the president, said it was because transgender people take massive amounts of drugs” after their operation, which is not allowed in the military. He then claimed many service members were joining the military requesting operations, but then taking time off for recovery.
“You have to have a standard and you have to stick by that standard — we have a great military and I want to keep it that way,” stated the president. “And maybe they would be phenomenal, I think they probably would be, but, again, you have very strict rules and regulations on drugs and prescription drugs and all of these different things.”
While the president’s policy was met by a string of lawsuits from LGBTQ advocacy groups, the transgender troop ban still took effect in April.