Sanders bristles at transgender military ban questions
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders threatened to shut down Wednesday’s press briefing after too many reporters asked for details on President Trump’s new policy banning transgender Americans from serving in the military.
Sanders had few details on the policy, which Trump announced in a series of tweets earlier in the day.
“As I’ve said before and I’ll try to make this clear, this was a military decision, this was about military readiness, this was about unit cohesion, this was about resources within the military, and nothing more,” said Sanders. “Guys, I really don’t have anything else to add on that topic, as I do, I’ll keep you posted, but if those are the only questions we have, I’m going to call it a day. But if we have questions on other topics, I’ll be happy to take them.”
Reporters were seeking specifics on the policy that Trump announced via Twitter Wednesday morning. Sanders said there were no details on how it would be implemented or whether active-duty members would be pulled from their units, but that the White House and Pentagon would work out the policy so it could be done “lawfully.” Outside organizations estimate there are as many as 15,000 transgender members of the military