“What the f**k? They’re coming in here, they’re getting clipped."
A passage in veteran reporter Bob Woodward's new book alleges that President Donald Trump crudely referred to transgender reassignment surgery as "getting clipped," LGBTQ Nation reported.
Woodward's book, "Fear: Trump in the White House," which was released on Tuesday, contained a particular excerpt that depicted Trump using transphobic language when discussing potential military policy changes with former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. Trump went on to announce the ban via Twitter without the input of any of his military advisors, according to Woodward.
In his book, Woodward described the conversation that preceded the ban on transgender troops.
Woodward went on to describe a conversation then Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Bannon, and a group of lawyers had with the president on the morning of July 26.
Woodward wrote that Priebus gave Trump four options:
"One was to retain the Obama policy that allowed transgender people to serve openly, two was to issue a directive to Secretary Mattis giving him leeway, three was a presidential order to end the program but come up with a plan for those transgender people already in the military, and four was to ban all transgender people from military service. The likelihood of being sued increased as they got to number four, Priebus explained. 'When you come down, we want to walk you through on paper,' Priebus said."
Trump reportedly told Priebus that he would arrive at the Oval Office shortly, but before that meeting took place, Trump had already announced out his unilateral decision in a series of tweets.
After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
....Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
....victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
Thank you to the LGBT community! I will fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2016
Despite these facts, Trump still enjoys some popularity among LGBT conservatives. In a February 2018 interview
It should be noted that President Obama nominated two judges to the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, who provided two key votes in making the issue of marriage equality the law of the land. Trump, however, has refused to even acknowledge gay pride month for two years in a row.
Adam Johnson is an editorial intern at Pluralist.
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