By Veronica Hilbring, essence.com
In a stream of tweets posted Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump announced a controversial and unwarranted ban on transgendered people from military service.
This announcement reverses the gradual transformation of the military beginning under the Obama administration. It was just last year when the Obama administration proclaimed that transgender people could openly serve in the military. Former defense secretary Ashton B. Carter also opened combat roles to women. The first openly gay Army secretary was also appointed.
This announcement came amid a controversial debate on Capitol Hill regarding the practice of requiring the Pentagon to pay for the costs of medical treatment related to gender transition. Congress is considering a nearly $700 billion spending to fund the Pentagon and Republicans have said they would not support the spending measure without language that would ban using money for gender transition.