Dem senator: Trump's transgender military ban is 'sickening'

Dem senator: Trump's transgender military ban is 'sickening'
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Senator Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria | Sparks fly at White House meeting on Syria | Dems say Trump called Pelosi a 'third-rate politician' | Trump, Graham trade jabs Senate confirms Trump's Air Force secretary pick Missouri Republican wins annual craft brewing competition for lawmakers MORE (D-Ill.) on Wednesday night called President TrumpDonald John TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' MORE's ban on transgender individuals from serving in the military "sickening." 

"To have a president who never served but himself got, what, four, five deferments to avoid service in Vietnam be a guide to question someone else's patriotism because of their gender identity is sickening," she said.

Trump announced the controversial new policy via tweet on Wednesday morning. Trump received several deferments from the draft during his time in college. 

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"Having transgendered servicemen and women who are willing to share the load and the dangers is just as important as anybody else," said Duckworth, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who lost both her legs in a helicopter crash during the Iraq War.

"At a time when less than one-half of one percent of our nation serves in uniform, we can't afford to lose a single patriot who's willing to wear that uniform."