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Trump / Transgender in Military / Duckworth Interview / A Discussion #1113686

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 26, 2017
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) President Trump's sweeping ban on transgender people in the military introduced; Trump tweets quoted; details given about the estimate cost per year for treating transgenders, the politics behind the ban. [White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee SANDERS - says the Obama policy is expensive & disruptive, so he concluded it erodes military readiness: it is a military decision.] [June 16, 15, 21, 2016, TRUMP - says LGBT is starting to like Donald Trump, who will protect gays.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Earlier interview held with wounded helicopter pilot Senator Tammy Duckworth about the ban. [DUCKWORTH - says the president blunders forward again, that thousands of transgender people have served in the military, that this is about appealing to his base, how his cost estimates are wrong; criticizes Trump's actions; promises to fight on their {any military men & women} behalf.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's Matt Lewis, Dana Bash, Kirsten Powers, Jeffrey Toobin, & American Urban Radio Networks' April Ryan about Trump & the transgender ban. [BASH, TOOBIN, LEWIS, POWERS, RYAN - offer views on how this banning action defies logic other than an appeal to the base & it was done via random tweets, the coming lawsuits, but the courts give the military deference over policy, how this comes out of nowhere with no rationale other than political, how transgender people have become the bogeyman for conservatives, the role of Attorney General Jeff Sessions in bringing in conservatives to Trump.]

Cooper, Anderson

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