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Liar liar pants on fire! Donald Trump struggles to explain trans military ban in Piers Morgan interview

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Liar liar pants on fire! Donald Trump struggles to explain trans military ban in Piers Morgan interview


Donald Trump struggled to defend the policy in an interview with
Good Morning Britain
Donald Trump has attempted to defend his ban on transgender people serving in the US military.

The US president was questioned over his policy an interview with Good Morning Britain on Wednesday (June 5) while on a state visit to the UK.

Donald Trump claims transgender soldiers take ‘massive amounts of drugs’

Asked about his 2017 decision to ban transgender troops from openly serving in the military, Trump claimed: “They take massive amounts of drugs, they have to. And you’re not allowed to take drugs, you know, in the military you’re not allowed to take any drugs, take an aspirin.
It’s true that transgender people often take medication in the form of hormone replacement therapy. But service members often take other kinds of medication for an array of health issues as well, while also deployed in combat zones.

During the Trump administration’s own study attempting to legitimize the ban, a military medical expert testified that “roughly three times more cisgender men want testosterone supplements than transgender patients,” demonstrating that the medication transgender people might require is already widely used in the military.

Source: Trump says he banned trans military service because the costs were too high. He didn’t.

The military medical experts also addressed questions about how beginning cross-sex hormones would impact deployability. Ideally, a patient should receive lab work every 90 days until there is six months of hormonal stability. The experts suggested that there could be some side effects to hormone withdrawal, but also said that “it would be unlikely that an individual would be unable to take cross-sex hormones anywhere in the world.” The endocrinologist also noted that “roughly three times more cisgender men want testosterone supplements than transgender patients,” so hormone treatment is not a concern unique to transgender service members.


“They have to, after the operation, they have no choice, they have to. You would actually have to break rules and regulations in order to have that.”

Pressed on why he was enacting an anti-transgender policy while claiming to support LGBT+ rights, the president responded: “It is what it is. Look, also people were going in and then asking for the operation, and the operation is $250,000 dollars.
  • In the year before surgery, counseling can cost $50 to $200 per session, and letters from two therapists usually are needed for surgery; the total cost of the therapy and the letters can range from under $1,000 to more than $5,000 for that year. And hormone therapy could cost $300 to$2,400 for the year, depending on which hormones are prescribed. offers a detailed financial worksheets and estimates on the all the costs of transition, and estimates that it is typical to spend a total of $40,000 to $50,000 for a mid-range transition, including surgery.
  • For patients not covered by health insurance, the typical cost of a sex reassignment surgery can range from about $15,000 for just reconstruction of the genitals to about $25,000 for operations on the genitals and chest to $50,000 or more for procedures that include operations to make facial features more masculine or feminine. Prices typically depend on the techniques used -- different techniques often are recommended based on body type and patient preference.
  • Price examples include The Philadelphia Center for Transgender Surgery, where basic male-to-female surgery that includes testicle removal, genital surgery and breast augmentation would cost a little over $30,000 while for basic female-to-male surgery that includes mastectomy, areolar reduction and genital surgery, would cost between $12,000 and $25,000 depending on the type of genital surgery chosen. Because different doctors offer different procedures, it is important to check to see exactly what is offered for a certain price.
Source: How Much Does Sex Reassignment Surgery Cost? -

Trump’s estimates for the cost of surgeries are also wildly overblown. About $2 million has been spent on 161 surgeries thus far, meaning that on average, the procedures cost between $12,000 and $13,000 — far from Trump’s claims of $200,000 and $250,000.

“The recovery period is long, and they have to take large amounts of drugs after that… and you can’t do that. I said, when it came time to make a decision on that, because of the drugs and the cost of the operation.”

There is no US military regulation that prohibits prescribed hormone treatments or aspirin.

Gender confirmation surgery within the military is rare, and not performed while troops are on active deployment.


Donald Trump struggled to defend the policy in an
interview with Good Morning Britain.
When host Piers Morgan pointed out that transgender service people had won medals for bravery, Trump responded: “I’m proud of them, I think it’s great, but you have to have a standard and you have to stick by that standard.

“We have a great military and I want to keep it that way. But you have very strict rules and they blow it out of the water.”

Pentagon data contradicts Trump’s claims

The leader’s claims about surgery and the burden of the cost of treating trans troops contradict the Pentagon’s own evaluation of the issue.

US Department of Defense analysis published in February showed that just 0.0003 percent of the military’s annual budget was going towards surgery for trans troops, with an estimated $2 million expenditure.

Just 17 genital surgery procedures have been performed since 2016, alongside 37 hysterectomies, four breast augmentations and 103 breast reductions.

Former Pentagon official Brad Carson, who served as Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness until 2016, told USA Today that the cost is so marginal that it “is dwarfed by the treatment cost of virtually any ache and pain you can think of.”

It is far less than the $84 million spent annually by the military on Viagra and erectile dysfunction medication, and the $437 million spent annually on military bands.

The expenditure on trans troops is also likely less than the Trump administration’s expenditure to-date waging legal battles over the ban on trans troops.

A spokesperson for GLAAD said: “This is a disingenuous excuse in attempt to cover for a shortsighted and cruel policy, President Donald Trump.”

In September, a book alleged that Trump fumed at transgender soldiers getting “clipped” after a briefing on the issue, before announcing the ban on Twitter.

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