Trump has argued the Pentagon cannot be ‘burdened’ with the ‘tremendous medical costs’ of covering trans military members – but a closer look at the numbers reveals a different reality
On Wednesday, when Donald Trump tweeted that the US armed forces would not “allow or accept” transgender people into military service, he argued the Pentagon “cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs” of covering transgender-related healthcare.
That’s been a common refrain for Republicans who oppose open service by transgender members of the military. In June, the congresswoman Vicki Hartzler of Missouri said that the cost of covering service members’ transition care was “over a billion dollars”.
Link : Trans healthcare costs are actually a tiny proportion of the US military budget