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Jenner Sticks With Trump Despite Transgender Ban

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Caitlyn Jenner appears to be maintaining her support for President Donald Trump in spite of his July announcement that transgender people would not be allowed to serve in the military in any capacity.

Jenner was seen in Malibu, California, Aug. 3 out driving. She wore sunglasses and a red Make America Great Again cap, according to the Washington Examiner, indicating that her allegiance to the commander in chief remains strong.

Jenner has long been an outspoken Republican. However, she did admit during a public address to the College Republican National Convention in July that she was not in agreement with everything Trump was doing.

"Like any administration, there's things that you like and things that you don't like," she told her audience, the Examiner reported.

But she stressed that in her view, the current situation offered an opportunity.

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"We are in a great position as far as being Republicans, you know, we've got the executive branch, Congress, the Senate," said Jenner. "Let's take the next few years and let's really make a difference. Let's do everything we can to support our Constitution, to support hopefully less government, less regulation, and let's support the American people."

Jenner did not hold back her criticism when Trump unveiled the ban on transgender people serving in the military via Twitter.

"I believe every American should be outraged by the disrespect to those people wearing our country's uniform," Jenner wrote July 26 on her Caitlyn Jenner website. "Furthermore, this half-baked idea puts all of our service members in harm's way. Does President Trump intend to just pull 15,000 people out of every critical position to which they are currently assigned?"

She emphasized that much work had already been done.

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"The Pentagon has been working for years on a policy that will ensure that transgender people can serve openly in the military with the full support of their leadership," she continued. "It has been thoroughly reviewed and vetted by the best military and medical experts in the country. There is absolutely no reason to undo all that work because President Trump decided to send a few tweets this morning."

Democrats agree with Jenner -- 53 House Democrats addressed a letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford Aug. 4 to express their opposition to the ban.

"As members of Congress with an abiding interest in our nation's military and its policies towards the LGBTQ community, we write not only to express our strong opposition to President Trump's recent tweets seeking to ban transgender individuals from the military, but to remind you not to comply with any unconstitutional directive which may ultimately be issued," the letter stated, according to The Hill.

Sources: Washington Examiner, Caitlyn Jenner, The Hill / Featured Image: Tony Webster/Flickr/ Embedded Images: White House via Wikimedia Commons, Alberto Frank/Flickr

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