Armed Services Committee Republican breaks with Trump on transgender troops

Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstGOP senator divorcing from husband GOP senators introduce bill to preserve ObamaCare's pre-existing conditions protections Pence: Trump’s national security will be as 'dominant' in space as it is on Earth MORE (R-Iowa) on Sunday broke with President TrumpDonald John TrumpLondon terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Trump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency 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 MattisArmy chief: Poland doesn’t have space for ‘Fort Trump’ The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — The Hill interviews President Trump Overnight Defense: Mattis dismisses talk he may be leaving | Polish president floats 'Fort Trump' | Dem bill would ban low-yield nukes 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.