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Trump calls transgender ban a 'great favor' for the military

Keeping transgenders out of combat may be politically incorrect, but President Trump believes it's so common sense that he's "doing a lot of people a favor" by "coming out and saying it."

As with other unpopular conservative moves such as pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord, Trump is not not backing down to critics but "doubling down" on his stand.

"I have great respect for the (LGBTQ) community. I think I'm a great supporter (and) I've had great support from that community," the president said in response to questions from the press at his golf club in New Jersey. "The military is working on (the ban) now ... It's been a very difficult situation, and I think I'm doing a lot of people a favor by just coming out and saying it.'

"As you know, it's been a very complicated issue for the military. It's been a very confusing issue for the military," Trump reiterated, "and I think I'm doing the military a great favor."

The president announced the transgender soldier ban on July 26 in a series of tweets.

"The United States government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military," Trump stated, explaining further, "Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail."

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