Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

Representing the 1st District of Maine

Statement on President Trump’s Plan to Ban Transgender People from Serving Their Country in Uniform

Jul 26, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C.–In response to President Trump’s tweets indicating he will ban transgender Americans from serving their country in the U.S. Military, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) issued the following statement:

"Our all-volunteer military should not turn away Americans willing to risk their lives for our safety, especially as we face new threats around globe. President Trump's statement on transgender patriots is bigoted and wrong. We are grateful to all Americans willing to serve our nation in harm’s way.
If President Trump acts on his tweets, 15,000 transgender people now serving openly in the military will be pushed out. Taking this action would undermine our contract with these dedicated service members and hurt our ability to recruit others."