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U.S. Navy secretary says 'any patriot' should be able to serve

From Reuters - August 11, 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer said he would follow directions from the president on transgender people in the military but believes "any patriot" should be allowed to serve.

Spencer, speaking to reporters on Thursday on a visit to Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, said he would abide by any policy the Pentagon provides to the armed forces on the transgender issue.

However, Spencer said he believes that, on a fundamental basis, "any patriot that wants to serve and meets all the requirements should be able to serve in our military," according to news reports.

President Donald Trump announced on Twitter last month that he would ban transgender people from serving in the military "in any capacity," reviving a ban that had ended in 2016.

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