Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Jack Reed is criticizing President Donald Trump’s proposal to ban transgender troops from serving in the U.S. military forces.
“`This was a divisive political move that exposes the president’s lack of faith in the professionalism of our armed forces,” Reed said in a statement. “In the land of the free and home of the brave, every American who is brave enough to serve their country should be free to do so.’’
Reed said the country should ``want the best of the best –people who will make our military stronger and more effective in every facet of war fighting.’’
``Today on the anniversary of President Harry Truman’s order desegregating the United States Armed Forces, president Trump is choosing to retreat in the march toward equality,’’ said Reed, a former U.S Army officer and graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
``Our troops deserve better, our nation deserves better,'' said Reed.