Sarah K. Burris
01 Aug 2017
The Coast Guard has decided that it will not honor President Donald Trump’s order to ban transgender people from serving in their ranks. The president later claimed it was too expensive to pay their medical costs.
Military.com quoted Admiral Paul Zukunft, saying that his first action upon hearing Trump’s ban was to reach out to all 13 members of the Coast Guard that self-identified as transgender.
“I reached out personally to Lt. Taylor Miller, who was featured on the cover of The Washington Post last week,” Zukunft said. “If you read that story, Taylor’s family has disowned her. Her family is the United States Coast Guard. And I told Taylor, ‘I will not turn my back. We have made an investment in you, and you have made an investment in the Coast Guard, and I will not break faith.’”
The Coast Guard is the only branch of the military that falls under the Department of Homeland Security, as it primarily focuses on work in the United States. The other branches of the military work internationally, and thus fall under the Department of Defense.
Thus far, no guidance has been provided by the White House over implementation of Trump’s ban. However, the Joints Chiefs of Staff have said that there will not be any change in their policy until things are worked out.