“Good Morning Britain” host Piers Morgan confronted President Donald Trump this week on his apparent hypocrisy regarding transgender individuals, according to The Hill.
While Trump previously tweeted his support for the LGBT community, the president’s ban on transgender people serving in the military seems to contradict his position.
Trump’s reasoning for the ban, which went into effect in April, centered on medical care transgender Americans might require during their service. He claimed that “you’re not allowed to take any drugs” in the military and transgender people “take massive amounts of drugs.”
Morgan responded that data shows the U.S. military spends a considerable amount of money on “giving Viagra to servicemen” compared to the medical bills of transgender people, to which the president replied he was unfamiliar with the statistic.
Trump said he believes that “you have to have a standard and stick by that standard,” and remained adamant in his decisions on both verbally supporting the LGBT community “around the world where they’re being persecuted or excluded” and simultaneously banning their participation in the military.
“It is what it is,” Trump retorted.
The Hill noted that the Trump administration’s new policy allows current transgender members of the military to continue serving and receiving medical care, but those who sign on after the ban took effect will have to serve “in the gender they were assigned at birth.”