Caitlyn Jenner: My Allegiance Is With Troops, Not Trump
Caitlyn Jenner told President Donald Trump that her allegiance is with the troops, not him, after he announced a ban on transgender people in the military.
“For those brave people fighting for our nation, Trump’s early morning tweets must be devastating,” Jenner wrote on her website Wednesday. “I believe every American should be outraged by the disrespect shown to those people wearing our country’s uniform. Furthermore, this half-baked idea puts all of our service members in harm’s way.” (RELATED: Caitlyn Jenner Puts Trump On Blast Over Military Trans Ban)
Jenner voted for Trump and has frequently defended him publicly, but has expressed disappointment with him on LGBT issues. (RELATED: Jenner Defends Trump: ‘He’s Shaking A Lot Of Things Up,’ And That’s Good)
There are 15,000 patriotic transgender Americans in the US military fighting for all of us. What happened to your promise to fight for them? https://t.co/WzjypVC8Sr
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) July 26, 2017
“Does President Trump intend to just pull 15,000 people out of every critical position to which they are currently assigned?” Jenner continued. “That would disrupt core military missions around the world and needlessly endanger our troops. Transgender people have served this country honorably for decades. Veterans who have made sacrifices for this country deserve all of the support we can give them, from thanking them for their service to ensuring they are treated with respect when they go to the Veterans Administration.”
“The President must ask himself which side of history he will be on — and reverse his position immediately,” Jenner explained. “My father, William Jenner, landed on Omaha Beach in WWII, and his bravery and service to his country has always inspired me and helped make me the person I am today. America’s 15,000 trans service members and 134,000 veterans are much braver than you, Mr. Trump; my allegiance is with them and our country, not you.”