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Pelosi condemns Trump's 'cowardly, disgusting' ban on transgender troops

Pelosi condemns Trump's 'cowardly, disgusting' ban on transgender troops
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House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo On The Money: Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi bullish, Trump tempers optimism | Analysis: Nearly 1M have run out of jobless benefits Overnight Health Care: CDC expands definition of 'close contact' after COVID-19 report | GOP coronavirus bill blocked in Senate | OxyContin maker agrees to B settlement with Trump administration MORE (D-Calif.) condemned the Trump administration's move late Friday to ban most transgender Americans from serving in the U.S. military.

Pelosi issued a statement calling President TrumpDonald John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida MORE's decision to exclude transgender recruits from the military based on a recommendation from Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisNearly 300 more former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter John Kelly called Trump 'the most flawed person' he's ever met: report Biden courts veterans amid fallout from Trump military controversies MORE "cowardly" and "disgusting."

“This latest memorandum is the same cowardly, disgusting ban the President announced last summer. No one with the strength and bravery to serve in the U.S. military should be turned away because of who they are," Pelosi said.

"The President’s hateful ban is purpose-built to humiliate our brave transgender members of the military who serve with honor and dignity," she added. "It will harm our nation’s readiness and hollow out our strength, for we only strengthen our military by honoring our values of freedom and equality."

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Pelosi's statement came after the White House issued a memorandum late Friday stating that transgender people with a history of "gender dysphoria" — those who may require major medical treatment — would be barred from the armed forces "except under certain limited circumstances."

Mattis wrote in a recommendation to Trump included in a court filing Friday that the Pentagon found that "exempting such persons from well-established mental health, physical health, and sex-based standards, which apply to all Service members, including transgender Service members without gender dysphoria, could undermine readiness, disrupt unit cohesion, and impose an unreasonable burden on the military that is not conducive to military effectiveness and lethality."

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerTrump casts doubt on hopes for quick stimulus deal after aides expressed optimism Schumer says he had 'serious talk' with Feinstein, declines to comment on Judiciary role Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein MORE (D-N.Y.) tweeted last year that Trump's previous ban was "just plain wrong & cuts directly across the drive for equality."

Schumer's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday night.