New Navy Secretary Denounces Trump Ban: Trans Sailors Are ‘Patriots’ And Should Be Allowed To Serve

Newly confirmed Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer pushed back on President Trump’s decision to ban all transgender people from serving openly in the armed forces, saying he would follow orders, but strongly disagreed with them.

“We will process and take direction of a policy that is developed by the [Defense] secretary [with] direction from the president and march out smartly,” he told reporters.

“On a fundamental basis, any patriot that wants to serve and meets all the requirements should be able to serve in our military”

Late last month, Trump claimed he had consulted with his “generals and military experts” before taking to Twitter to issue his transgender troop ban.

Yesterday, Trump claimed he was “doing the military a favor” by banning trans service members.

No member of military leadership has come forward to support Trump’s ban.