President Donald Trump was challenged over his ban on transgender Americans serving in the U.S. Armed Forces when he sat down with his friend and former “Celebrity Apprentice” winner Piers Morgan on Wednesday’s “Good Morning Britain.”
Trump is visiting the UK, wrapping up his official state visit before heading off to meet with the Prime Minister of Ireland.
Citing Trump’s recent surprise tweet recognizing LGBT Pride Month, his first ever, Morgan asked, “if you feel that protective of the LGBT community, why did you feel the need to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. Military?” as The Daily Mail reports.
Trump proceeded to rattle off a list of reasons – not one of which were true or accurate.
“Because they take massive amounts of drugs, they have to,” after gender reassignment surgery – which not all transgender people choose. “And also – and you’re not allowed to take drugs, you know in the military you’re not allowed to take any drugs, you can’t take an aspirin,” which is false. (Active duty troops are discouraged if heading in to combat.)
“And they have to after the operation, they have to, they have no choice, they have to. And you would actually have to break rules and regulations in order to have that,” which, again, is false.
Morgan informed the President that the U.S. Military spends more on Viagra for men than it does on healthcare for transgender troops, including surgery.
“I didn’t know that,” Trump replied, with a curious smirk.
But minutes later, Trump was again repeating the falsehood of high costs of health care and surgery for transgender troops.
“Well, it is what it is, look, and also people were going in and then asking for the operation, and the operation is $200,000, $250,000 and getting the operation, and the recovery period is long and they have to take large amounts of drugs after that, for whatever reason, large amounts,” Trump claimed, falsely. (For a look at costs, see Wharton’s Public Policy Initiative report, which includes this line: “$438 per transgender service member yearly, including costs of both hormone distribution as well as gender reassignment surgery.”)
“And that’s not the way it is, and you can’t do that,” he added. And yet, it has been done, with no negative effect on military readiness or “unit cohesion.”
“So I said, yeah, when it came to time to make a decision on that and because of the drugs and also because of the cost of the operation,” Trump explained.
But there was never a time Trump was required to make any decision. Official acceptance of open service for transgender troops was underway when he became Commander-in-Chief. On July 26, 2017, Trump stunned the nation with a series of tweets announcing a complete and total ban on transgender troops. He did so without consulting his “generals,” as he liked to call them, any military advisors, or even his incoming chief of staff, retired General John Kelly.
In fact, the only ones who were consulted were those behind the plan to discharge all transgender troops: Vice President Mike Pence and the head of an anti-LGBT hate group, Tony Perkins.
Morgan even reminded Trump that transgender service members have been decorated heroes.
“Some transgender people in the U.S. military have won serious gallantry awards, what do you feel about them?” Morgan asked.
“Well I’m proud of them, I think it’s great, but you have to have a standard and you have to stick to that standard,” he said, which is inaccurate, since standards change over time and he is the one with the power to alter the standards.
“We have a great military and I want to keep it that way and maybe they’d be phenomenal, I think they probably would be,” Trump said of transgender troops, “but again you have very strict rules and regulations on drugs and prescription drugs and all of these different things and they blow it out of the water.”
‘You have to have a standard and you have to stick by that standard.’
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) June 5, 2019
For a quick look debunking Trump’s lies from today’s interview, take a look at this Twitter thread from Media Matters editor-at-large Parker Malloy.
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Trump’s New Coronavirus Advisor Is a Junk Science Promoting Fox News Guest Who Calls Not Opening Schools ‘Hysteria’
President Donald Trump has just hired another adviser to the President, a medical doctor who frequently appears on Fox News, has been an advisor to Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign, and calls the movement to not re-open schools “hysteria.”
Dr. Scott Atlas is also the physician press secretary Kayleigh McEnany quoted when she made her infamous remarks, saying, “science should not stand in the way” of re-opening schools.
CNN reports that “unlike the government’s medical experts who have advised Trump until now,” Dr. Atlas “has adopted a public stance on the virus much closer to Trump’s.”
Trump told reporters earlier this week that Atlas is “working with us and will be working with us on the coronavirus.”
“And he has many great ideas. And he thinks what we’ve done is really good, and now we’ll take it to a new level.”
Telling Trump what he’s done is really good and adopting a public stance much closer to the president’s seems to be a prerequisite to getting a White House job in this administration.
But if all that weren’t enough, Atlas has been “pushing for the resumption of college sports.”
CNN notes that President Trump “first noticed Atlas on Fox News, where he asserted it doesn’t matter ‘how many cases’ there are in the US, wrongly claimed those under 18 years old have ‘essentially no risk of dying,’ implied teachers who are at high risk for contracting Covid-19 should ‘know how to protect themselves,’ baselessly claimed ‘children almost never transmit the disease’ and without evidence blamed a rise in cases in southern states on protests and border crossings.”
Just five weeks ago San Diego’s KUSI reported Dr. Atlas is a “a critic of the fear mongering tactics health officials have been using when it comes to reporting data from the coronavirus pandemic.”
Atlas pushed back “against a recent model from the University of Washington’s Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation that projects over 134,000 Americans will die of COVID-19 by August 4th.”
Dr. Atlas said “we should look at the evidence. We don’t need to rely on hypothetical projections.”
He was correct – the projections were wrong. The actual death totals were much higher. One week later, the U.S. death toll now stands at 168,417.
Atlas was even mire wrong than the projections
Trump Slammed for Lie US COVID-19 Mortality Rate Is ‘Just About the Lowest in the World!’ When America Is Number 2
President Donald Trump is under fire for lying about the mortality rate of coronavirus patients in the U.S. versus other countries in the world.
According to Johns-Hopkins, which is considered the gold standard for coronavirus datas and statistics, the mortality rate for those suffering from COVID-19 is the second-highest among the top 20 nations “currently most affected by COVID-19 worldwide.” Only the UK, which chose to ignore the data and try out the failed “herd immunity” tactic, is higher.
This is the most-recent Johns Hopkins chart of coronavirus deaths per 100,000:
Even looking at the “observed case fatality ratio,” the U.S. comes in sixth-highest.
And looking at another source, Worldometers, which is more extensive (although some say possibly less-reliable,) in coronavirus deaths per 1 million population, the U.S. ranks ninth-worst.
Here’s Trump’s dangerous lie, which includes his racist name for coronavirus:
BREAKING NEWS: The Mortality Rate for the China Virus in the U.S. is just about the LOWEST IN THE WORLD! Also, Deaths in the U.S. are way down, a tenfold decrease since the Pandemic height (and, our Economy is coming back strong!).
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 6, 2020
Here’s how some are responding:
Donald Trump knew dangers of COVID19 beginning of January. He should have been pushing social distancing, lockdowns, school closures, medical supply production, mask wearing all beginning of February, not late-March. He screwed up big time. Don’t let anyone forget the facts
— ♻️🇺🇸 Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) July 6, 2020
— Space Sayaka🐞🪐 (@BuffaloBellchan) July 6, 2020
— David Charter (@DavidCharter) July 6, 2020
Literally NONE of this is true. https://t.co/B0vuYE1JT0
— Todd Poirier (@todd_poirier) July 6, 2020
— Jackson Proskow (@JProskowGlobal) July 6, 2020
— Elizabeth Elliot (@ElizabethElliot) July 6, 2020
This is false. Among the 20 countries most affected by #COVID19 right now, the U.S. has the 6th-highest mortality rate at 4.5%. And no matter how you spin it… 130,000+ Americans have died. https://t.co/q6qF8Lftp7 pic.twitter.com/SJUAdi7Rex
— Bryan Luhn (@bryluhn) July 6, 2020
There is no way you live on the same planet as everyone else https://t.co/hhsMNCGcEa
— Devin (@Mixedd_) July 6, 2020
Watch: Trump Falsely Accuses Obama of ‘Treason’ and Says He Was ‘Spying’ on Campaign – Offers No Evidence
President Donald Trump on Monday accused former President Barack Obama of “treason,” and claimed his predecessor was “spying” on the Trump campaign. Trump offered up no evidence to back his claim, and said he’s staying away from a DOJ investigation to avoid appearing political.
“Treason. Treason. It’s treason,” Trump told CBN’s David Brody at the White House on Monday, as The Hill reported.
The allegation comes just one day after Attorney General Bill Barr told Fox News the DOJ’s investigation into the Obama administration’s actions is progressing.
“They’d been spying on my campaign,” the President charged. “Turned out I was right. Let’s see what happens to them now.”
Barr last year assigned the U.S. Attorney for Connecticut, John Durham, to investigate the origins of the FBI’s Russia investigation. Some believe the investigation is a political hit job to attack the Obama administration.
But just last month Barr announced, to great outrage for politicizing an investigation, he did not expect Obama or former Vice President Joe Biden to be charged.
In his wide-ranging rant Trump dug up conspiracy theories about former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, the supposed “insurance policy” and Trump’s debunked “spygate” conspiracy theories.
EXCLUSIVE: President Trump on what crime President Obama would have been potentially committing regarding the previous administration spying on his campaign: “Treason. It’s treason.” Watch the explosive clip from my White House interview with @realDonaldTrump @POTUS @WhiteHouse pic.twitter.com/IFui3fNigS
— David Brody (@DavidBrodyCBN) June 22, 2020
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