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This week in Trumpland: health care, bashing Jeff Sessions and a transgender ban? What? In a series of tweets Wednesday, the American President announced that the military would no longer permit transgender persons to serve. The announcement shocked pretty much everyone, including the military itself. Trump hasn’t said who those ‘Generals’ he spoke to are, but no one at the Pentagon knew this was happening. Gotta love Twitter.

He cites ‘medical costs and disruption’ as the reasoning behind his decision. Here’s the thing: according to a 2016 study of the American military’s transgender service members, their medical costs are a mere $2.4 million to $8.4 million annually. That’s barely a measurable fraction of the military’s nearly $600 billion–that’s billion with a ‘B’–spending. The ban would discharge an estimated 1,320 to 6,630 active service members who have already committed to giving their lives for their country.

As has become common practice over the past few months, Canada has come out and asserted their position in opposition to a controversial (and far-right) Trump statement. The Canadian Forces Twitter account posted within hours that they welcome Canadians of all sexual orientations and gender identities to join them. They also posted a picture of Canadian service members at a Pride parade.

Canada’s military only includes about 200 active transgender members, but our military is significantly smaller than the States’ so that makes sense (68,000 people to America’s 1,281,900).

NDP members of government are also calling on Justin Trudeau to publicly condemn Trump’s statements to strengthen Canada’s stance even further. The Canadian military and government has also been working on updating its transgender policy to better address technical issues as well as those surrounding bathrooms and showering. This is definitely a Canadian response.

A number of celebrities have also tweeted to speak out against the ban. Like, all of them.

Thankfully, Twitter is Twitter and not a method for writing government policy. The Pentagon has said that transgender people can continue to serve until Trump actually makes a move to change the military’s transgender policies.

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