GOP lawmaker on Trump transgender military ban: No one should be prohibited from serving

GOP lawmaker on Trump transgender military ban: No one should be prohibited from serving
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Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) spoke out against President Trump’s decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military Wednesday, saying that no one should be prohibited from serving the country. 

“No American, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity, should be prohibited from honor [and] privilege of serving our nation #LGBT,” she tweeted Wednesday.

Ros-Lehtinen, whose son is transgender, made the statement after Trump tweeted that the Pentagon would ban transgender people from serving “in any capacity” in the military. Ros-Lehtinen, who was a top Democratic target for next year's midterm elections, announced in April that she won't run for reelection.

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Announcing the decision, Trump tweeted that the military “cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption” that he believes transgender people in the military would cause.

The decision is a reversal from an Obama administration decision last year that lifted the ban on allowing transgender people to serve openly.

During the campaign, Trump called himself a “real friend” of the LGBT community.