<> on August 16, 2016 in San Francisco, California.

Former Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus decried President Donald Trump’s efforts to prevent transgender individuals from serving in the military.

“This notion that all of this work’s been done and these people felt safe as transgender, felt safe coming out, joining the military, and then suddenly the rug gets jerked out from under — it’s not the way to treat patriots, it’s not the way to build a great military force either,” Mabus said on “The Axe Files,” a podcast from the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and CNN.

Mabus, who served as head of the Navy under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2017, lamented that the Pentagon “didn’t move fast enough” in instituting a policy to allow transgender individuals to openly serve in the military.

CNN
6/14/2018