The president announced on Twitter that he was reversing the Obama administration’s decision to allow transgender troops to serve, saying that the military cannot accept the higher medical costs and “disruption” that transgender troops would require.
When gay people sought the right to serve in the U.S. military, that was a central argument against the change. When women sought combat roles, a central argument. When blacks were integrated into the military? Warnings about disruption.
Youngstown, Ohio, suffered closures of steel mills in the 1970s and ’80s that laid off thousands, tanked the local economy and led to a mass exodus of residents. But the region has evolved significantly since then, and few say they expect Trump to revive the steel industry here as he has promised.
The president’s speech prompted an outcry from many current and former Scouts and their families, who said Trump’s remarks were inappropriate and undermined efforts to diversify and modernize the century-old organization.