'From insane to cruel': Late night reacts to Trump's transgender military ban

Local agencies and leaders react to Trump's transgender military ban

Local agencies and leaders react to Trump's transgender military ban

In a message to top military officers, Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the current policy - which allows trans troops to serve openly - won't change unless and until the Pentagon gets actual orders from Trump.

Ireland started transitioning in 2012, while still in the military.

"I began my day today as I often begin my days by checking Donald Trump's Twitter feed to see how far the insane has spread", Colbert said during his opening monologue.

"At this point it's just a tweet", said Jonah Minot.

9NEWS asked Ireland what she thought of Wednesday's tweet from the president. "So what does this do?"

The 67-year-old took to Twitter to condemn the announcement, "There are 15,000 patriotic transgender Americans in the USA military fighting for all of us", Jenner tweeted.

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"My biggest concern now is going to be that transgender people are going to be forced back into the closet", said Sheridan, who is director of transgender relations and community engagement at Center on Halsted in Chicago. The fact that he's willing to so brazenly threaten the physical, economic, and psychological well-being of many thousands of America's own soldiers who have pledged to risk their lives to defend our country only proves that he places little value on the lives of the people he was elected to serve. "Because we don't have a true factual grasp of what is happening". "It's very uncertain, very hurtful to think about that something that is being done nationally could impact us specifically and we don't really know what's going to happen from here and that's kind of hard". Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch is calling on the Trump administration to cut off support to an Iraqi Army division, after it reported Wednesday that Iraqi troops trained by the USA allegedly executed several dozen prisoners in Mosul's Old City. He said he couldn't do an interview as he was in the field for Combat Leader Course, but he provided this statement for 9NEWS to publish. "I know what matters on the battlefield isn't gender identity, it's your character and willingness to serve the country".

'In a democratic society, there is an important principle here that any suitably qualified citizen be allowed to serve in the military, ' she added.

Emma Shinn retired from the Marines in 2014 as a Captain.

She was ten years into her service tenure and stationed in Iraq when her section of scout platoons was ambushed in a complex assault just outside of Fallujah.

"Angry, disappointed, sad, those are just the range of the emotions that initially went through my head", Shinn described how she felt after reading president's tweet.

For now, Trump's tweets are the administration's only actual move to ban transgender troops. "My job specifically was blowing up tanks", she says. "McCain that 'any American who wants to serve our country and is able to meet the standards should have the opportunity to do so - and should be treated as the patriots they are, '" he said in a statement. "That seems nearly too trivial to say, those words aren't important enough to really convey the message". Like their comrades, transgender service members have committed their lives to serving, and the armed services have invested tremendously in training them.

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