Trump Administration To Introduce A New Transgender Military Policy

A Look at Military Parades Around the World

National Center for Transgender Equality Executive Director Mara Keisling said: "Transgender people have been serving openly for the last 19 months, and the only disruption has come from President Trump and others who are determined to jeopardize military readiness to advance their extremist political agenda".

"I think what my responsibility is, [is] to make certain I lay out the strategy and make the argument for the oversight of Congress to make a determination of fully funding us". He told reporters the Pentagon has been putting together options, which will be sent to the White House for a decision.

Donald Trump announced on Twitter a year ago that all transgender servicepeople would be purged from the U.S. armed forces, claiming they were a burden on the military.

Although Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has not commented publicly on the idea of a Washington military parade, the idea is not an obvious fit with his emphasis on focusing strictly, if not exclusively, on military activities that either improve the lethality of the armed forces or enhance their preparation for combat, or both.

Trump, however, dismissed that concern, according to one person familiar with the conversation who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the president's thinking.

The Pentagon and the White House Press Secretary later confirmed the story to the Post.

"President Trump is incredibly supportive of America's great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe", she said.

"With the completion of the Afghanistan combat mission expected at the end of this year, and with Iraq's official end far behind us, it's time for NY to stake its claim and for the Department of Defense to join in planning this welcome home celebration".

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"We are aware of the request and are in the process of determining specific details", a Defense Department spokesman told BuzzFeed News. He said the two-hour parade was a "tremendous thing for France and for the spirit of France", and said he wanted one on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington that would be grander than the one he saw in Paris.

It's clear to me that Trump doesn't actually honor the troops, he wants to force the troops to honor him.

Share your thoughts - do you support a US military parade as Trump proposed?

Before I go on to share some excellent talking points from a petition campaign I'd like to point out the confusion exhibited by our president during a wonderful performance by a French marching band that closed the Bastille Day parade on July 14th.

And because of the impact it had on him, Trump had said at the time: "We may do something like that on July 4th in Washington down Pennsylvania Avenue".

"We're going to have to try to top it", Trump said.

Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington's non-voting delegate in the House of Representatives, said on Twitter that the parade would, "shut down the nation's capital and waste taxpayer dollars just to feed Trump's ego". "It was really so well done".

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