The Department of Justice has decided to weigh in on Tuesday’s 5-4 vote by the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the Trump administration’s desired ban on transgender troops to go into effect. The DOJ, currently headed by Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker (photo) praised the Supreme Court’s move by attacking transgender troops, falsely claiming they are a risk to the military.
The Justice Dept. said in a statement that the policies it was fighting in the courts, which were created under the Obama administration, had posed “a risk to military effectiveness and lethality for over a year.”
There is no proof that allowing transgender troops to serve openly poses any risk to military effectiveness or lethality.
“We are pleased the Supreme Court granted stays in these cases, clearing the way for the policy to go into effect while litigation continues,” DOJ spokesperson Kerri Kupec said. Kupec previously was the spokesperson for the anti-LGBT hate group Alliance Defending Freedom.
“The Department of Defense has the authority to create and implement personnel policies it has determined are necessary to best defend our nation. Due to lower courts issuing nationwide injunctions, our military had been forced to maintain a prior policy that poses a risk to military effectiveness and lethality for over a year.”
Estimates vary widely but some studies have shown there are between over 10,000 to over 15,000 transgender troops serving in the U.S. Military.
Last year a YouGov/The Economist poll found one third of Americans (34%) opposed allowing transgender troops to serve openly, and almost half (49%) supported open service by transgender troops.
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Watch: Trump Dangerously Declares the US Engaged in ‘Unprecedented’ and ‘Illegal Spying’ on His Campaign
President Donald Trump, emboldened by his hand-picked Attorney General’s false claim of “spying” by the U.S. Intelligence community on the Trump campaign, told reporters Thursday he agrees with William Barr.
“I think what he said was absolutely true,” President Trump said in the Oval Office. “There was absolutely spying into my campaign. I’ll go a step further — in my opinion it was illegal spying, unprecedented spying, and something that should never be allowed to happen in our country again.”
Trump described Attorney General’s remarks before the U.S. Senate, characterizing a judge-warranted counterintelligence investigation as “spying,” as “very accurate.”
It is a clear attempt to discredit the FBI and the Mueller report, and criminalize the agents, investigators, and officials involved. It also ties back to Trump’s entirely unfounded lie that President Barack Obama “wiretapped” him. An Inspector General’s review found zero evidence to support that libelous attack, which Trump tweeted about two years ago.
Attorney General Barr did walk back his remarks slightly, after being informed there is a perceptible difference between “spying,” which evokes an illegal context, and a counterintelligence investigation, which is the actual job of the FBI and other intelligence agencies.
Barr also said it remains to be seen if the investigation was warranted.
TRUMP commends Bill Barr for his unsupported claim that there was “spying” on the Trump campaign: “I think what he said was absolutely true… I’ll go a step further — in my opinion it was illegal spying.” pic.twitter.com/GSupkCRLug
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 11, 2019
Enraged, Trump Attacks: ‘Obama Separated the Children – ‘I’m the One That Stopped It’
President Donald Trump charged his predecessor with separating families and putting children in cages, but insisted he was the one who stopped it.
The Trump administration, under Stephen Miller, created the “zero tolerance” policy of separating families at the border and caging children with the direct intention of deterring people from Central America attempting to come to the United States. He called it a “simple decision.”
Asked about separating children – a policy Trump has been demanding for months his now-fired Secretary of homeland Security start up again, despite being illegal – Trump initially refused to answer.
About 30 seconds later Trump spoke as reporters were being coralled out of the Oval Office.
“Obama separated the children,” Trump charged angrily. “Just so you understand.”
“President Obama,” Trump said harshly, stressing the former president’s name, “separated the children. Those cages that were shown. I think they were very inappropriate. They were built by president Obama’s administration – not by Trump.”
“President Obama,” Trump said in staccato, “had child separation.”
“I’m the one that stopped it.”
“And I’ll tell you, once you don’t have it, that’s why you see many more people coming. They’re coming like it’s a picnic – ‘Let’s go to Disneyland.'”
That too is false – studies show the policy was not effective.
MSNBC aired the clip and announced President Trump was incorrect.
NEW: “We’re not looking to do that,” President Trump tells ABC News’ @jonkarl when asked if he’s considering reinstating the family separation policy at the border.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) April 9, 2019
READ: Ousted Kirstjen Nielsen Blames Congress For Her Failures in Resignation Letter – But Says We’re ‘Safer’
Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen in her letter of resignation – which is effective immediately – is blaming Congress, and the courts, for her failures, but insists – falsely – that America is “safer” than before she took office.
You can read her full letter via Axios below. Also below is Sec. Nielsen’s just-posted tweet with a screenshot of her “resignation” letter.
Its been an honor of a lifetime to serve with the brave men and women of @DHSgov. I could not be prouder of and more humbled by their service, dedication, and commitment to keep our country safe from all threats and hazards. pic.twitter.com/lIQ5iqGDmF
— Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen (@SecNielsen) April 7, 2019
In it, she wrongly states: “We have prevented the disruption of U.S. elections and guarded against foreign interference in our democracy.”
The Trump administration has done no such thing.
She also claims: “We have implemented historic efforts to defend our borders, combat illegal immigration, obstruct the inflow of drugs, and uphold our laws and values.”
If separating families and losing thousands of migrant children is historic, then she is correct. But “uphold our laws and values”? Fail.
I hereby resign from the position of Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), effective April 7th . It has been my great honor to lead the men and women of the Department as its sixth Secretary. I could not be prouder of and more humbled by their service, dedication, and commitment to keep our country safe from all threats and hazards. I join all Americans in thanking them for their sacrifices and those of their families.
For more than two years of service beginning during the Presidential Transition, I have worked tirelessly to advance the goals and missions of the Department. I am immensely proud of our successes in transforming DHS to keep pace with our enemies and adversaries — whether it is in cyberspace or against emerging threats from new technologies.
Despite our progress in reforming homeland security for a new age, I have determined that it is the right time for me to step aside. I hope that the next Secretary will have the support of Congress and the courts in fixing the laws which have impeded our ability to fully secure America’s borders and which have contributed to discord in our nation’s discourse. Our country and the men and women of DHS deserve to have all the tools and resources they need to execute the mission entrusted to them.
I can say with confidence our homeland is safer today than when I joined the Administration. We have taken unprecedented action to protect Americans. We have implemented historic efforts to defend our borders, combat illegal immigration, obstruct the inflow of drugs, and uphold our laws and values. We have responded decisively to record-breaking natural disasters and helped Americans rebuild. We have prevented the disruption of U.S. elections and guarded against foreign interference in our democracy. We have replaced complacency with consequences in cyberspace, we are holding digital intruders accountable, and we are stepping up our protection of American networks. We have thwarted terrorist plotting against our homeland and launched new efforts to block terrorists and criminals from reaching our shores. And we have ramped up security measures to make it harder for our enemies and adversaries to attack us, whether it is with drones, chemical and biological weapons, or through other means.
Thank you again for the privilege to serve the American people and to lead the outstanding men and women of the Department of Homeland Security. Supporting these patriots has been the honor of a lifetime.
Kirstjen M. Nielsen
Secretary of Homeland Security
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