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The Day After: Pentagon Mum as Trump's Transgender Ban Draws Praise, Scorn

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The Pentagon is not releasing the number

of transgender troops now serving in the military,

following the president's move to ban transgender

people from serving in the US, in any capacity,

in the military.

Eric Rosales is our CBN national security correspondent,

takes a look at the reaction

ERIC ROSALES: President Donald Trump

announced plans to reinstate the transgender ban,

through Twitter on Wednesday.

The president said, American forces

must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory,

and could not afford to accommodate them.

He's also voiced that this is a very expensive and disruptive

policy.

And based on consultation that he's

had with his national security team, came to the conclusion

that it erodes military readiness and unit cohesion,

and made the decision based on that.

ERIC ROSALES: The announcement comes

after Defense Secretary, James Mattis,

last month delayed a review of an Obama era policy

that allowed openly transgender people to join the military.

A pentagon spokesperson told CBN News,

"We refer all questions about the president's statements

to the White House.

We will continue to work closely with the White House

to address the new guidance, provided

by the commander-in-chief, on transgender individuals serving

in the military."

The Pentagon won't release any data

on the number of transgender troops currently serving.

However, a RAND study shows that there

are between 2,500 and 7,000 transgender service

members on active duty, and up to 4,000 in the reserves.

Trump's announcement comes as lawmakers

debate the current practice of requiring the Pentagon to pay

for gender transition, which could cost US taxpayers almost

$4 billion over 10 years.

House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy,

appeared on CBN's own "Faith Nation".

Looks like President Trump has come out

after talking to his generals and others,

saying that maybe it's not the best for the military,

currently, as they current--

what Obama proposed.

And the President is the commander-in--chief.

He makes decisions after talking with field commanders, his DOD

leadership team, the Joint Chiefs, head of Joint Chiefs.

It's important for us to support that military team.

This is their decision.

So we will support it.

It seems to me that if someone comes to the military,

with the notion of saying, I want to serve my country

and want to protect this, the last great hope of mankind

on Earth, then at least they probably should figure out--

and I say this without malice, figure out whether you're a man

or a woman first, and then come to the military and serve this

country.

ERIC ROSALES: There is no word yet

on how this policy would affect the future of transgender

Americans currently serving in the US military.

Eric Rosales, CBN News, Washington.

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