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Armed Services Committee Republican breaks with Trump on transgender troops

Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstConservative Club for Growth PAC comes out against Stefanik to replace Cheney A bipartisan effort to prevent the scourge of sexual assault in the armed forces Ernst defends Cheney, calls for GOP unity MORE (R-Iowa) on Sunday broke with President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Ivanka Trump doubles down on vaccine push with post celebrating second shot Conservative Club for Growth PAC comes out against Stefanik to replace Cheney MORE over his new ban on transgender Americans serving in the military.

In an interview on “Face the Nation,” Ernst told CBS News’s Margaret Brennan that she supports allowing transgender people to serve in the military as long as they fit the physical and mental standards required.

“I have asked transgenders myself, if you are willing to lay down your life beside mine, I would welcome you into our military,” she said.

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“We do want to make sure that they meet physical requirements,” Ernst said. “We can't waive that. That is true across any demographic within our military, making sure that they are physically fit and they meet the mental standard.”

Trump issued a memo late Friday effectively banning most transgender people from serving in the military, “except under limited circumstances.”

The president originally called for the ban in a series of tweets last summer, following up in August with a memo. The ban faced numerous challenges in court, and awaited Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisBiden's is not a leaky ship of state — not yet Rejoining the Iran nuclear deal would save lives of US troops, diplomats The soft but unmatched power of US foreign exchange programs MORE’s final recommendation.

Ernst, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, voiced opposition to the original ban, along with multiple other Republican senators.

She said Sunday she would be open to having discussions with the Trump administration about the ban, but declined to say if she would ask the White House to change its position.