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Lawmakers blast Trump's transgender military tweets

C-SPAN2 via AP

Lawmakers are bashing President Trump's morning Twitter announcement of a ban on transgender individuals serving in the military. Here's the latest from the right and the left:

Republicans

Sen. John McCain, in a statement, "Yet another example of why major policy announcements should not be made via Twitter … The statement was unclear ... There is no reason to force service members who are able to fight, train, and deploy to leave the military—regardless of their gender identity."

Sen. Joni Ernst, a conservative and veteran, in a statement from her office, "While [Ersnt] believes taxpayers shouldn't cover the costs associated with a gender reassignment surgery, Americans who are qualified and can meet the standards to serve in the military should be afforded that opportunity."