The highest ranking officer, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine General Joseph Dunford said publicly what he says he’s been telling Trump privately. Dunford says he’s been telling Trump all along that transgender service members should not be separated because of their gender identity.
The Hill reports when asked by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) whether he agrees that currently serving transgender troops have served with “honor and valor,” Gen. Joseph Dunford replied, “I do.”
“I believe that any individual who meets the physical and mental standards and is worldwide deployable and is currently serving should be afforded the opportunity to continue to serve,” continued Dunford.
When asked by Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) whether he can promise that currently serving transgender troops will not be separated based solely on their gender identity, Dunford said that’s been his advice as the Pentagon reviews its transgender policy.
Dunford made the comments during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee to be confirmed for a second term as Joint Chiefs chairman.
Dunford was first nominated to be chairman by former President Obama in 2015. In May, President Trump nominated him for a second term.
As everyone knows Trump issued a series of tweets in which he purposely denigrated transgender troops and community in general. It was heartbreaking to see, a knife in the back for anyone had has served but especially harmful to those on active or reserve status.