Congressman Keith Ellison

Representing the 5th District of Minnesota


Rep. Ellison Comment on President Trump’s Ban on Transgender Americans Serving in the Military

Jul 26, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) released the following statement after President Donald Trump tweeted that he would direct the United States Armed Forces to ban transgender people from serving.

“Today’s decision by President Trump to bar Transgender Americans from serving in the U.S. military is a set-back for our country, our military, and our national security.  It tells all communities that experience violence, exclusion and discrimination that they can’t trust the government when we tell them to come out from the shadows. It deprives our military service members of teammates, friends and mentors. And it deprives our nation of talented individuals who have spent years honing their skills as members of our military.

“Our military must uphold the civil rights and civil liberties enshrined in our Constitution and law. Barring trans Americans from service is a violation of our core values, and sends a powerful message to people here and abroad that we are not a country that values equity and inclusion.”