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Caitlyn Jenner Blasts Trump For Trans Military Ban

| by Lauren Briggs

Although reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner has been outspoken about her support for President Donald Trump, that did not stop her from ripping into him for his controversial directive on July 26 to ban all transgender people from serving in the military.

"There are 15,000 patriotic transgender Americans in the U.S. military fighting for all of us," the Olympic medalist tweeted. "What happened to your promise to fight for them?"

Jenner, who famously came out as transgender in 2015, was referencing a campaign promise the president tweeted in June 2016.

The Republican author and Trump advocate told CNN in April that the president has "made some mistakes" regarding LGBT issues but that she still believes she was right to vote for him to "shake the system up," adding that she doesn't "support him in everything that he does."

"To have career politicians constantly, the Clintons, the Bushes, run this country ... we need to get outside that box and shake things up again," she added of her support for the unconventional president.

Jenner acknowledged that she has "made mistakes with a lot of things over the last two years" since coming out but noted that she always tries "to learn" and do "a better job next time."

Trump announced the upcoming policy change amid a weeklong spending bill debate in the House of Representatives over whether the Department of Defense should foot the bill for sex reassignment surgeries, notes Politico.

"[P]lease be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow ... Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military," Trump tweeted on July 26. "Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail."

A number of big names in the transgender community and elsewhere blasted Trump for the decision, including "Orange is the New Black" actress and trans activist Laverne Cox, who told CNN that transgender people in the military are often mistreated, misgendered and abused but that they still "put their lives on the line in ways many of us would never do, including our current president."

"This latest reversal of another Obama administration policy continues to send the message to trans Americans that our lives, our safety and service are less valuable and unwanted in this country, the country I love and hold so dear," Cox told CNN in a statement.

"Let's all come together and send the message to trans Americans that despite what this president and administration proclaims that trans lives, safety and service are valuable, that they matter."

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