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Transgender Navy Service Member on Trump Ban: 'Shocked and Upset'

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By    |   Wednesday, 26 Jul 2017 06:21 PM

A transgender Navy service member said Wednesday that he was "definitely shocked and upset" by President Donald Trump's military ban but that "I'm doing my job and continuing to serve with honor and dignity."

"This was definitely something that has taken me aback, at least for the foreseeable future," Navy Lt. Cmdr. Blake Dremann told Jake Tapper on CNN.

Dremann joined the Navy in 2006 and came out to his superiors in 2015.

Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter lifted the transgender ban in June 2016. Trump announced on Twitter that he was reversing the decision for military service, but did not say how it would affect those currently serving.

"Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail," President Trump said in one of his tweets announcing his decision.

"I am absolutely worried about being separated," Dremann told Tapper. "I have already talked to my superiors and they are just as shocked as I am.

"They wanted me to know that they completely support me and support the work that I do as far as within the military – and that they will continue to do so till the military tells me it's time to hang up my boots."

Dremann was not in uniform for his interview and did not speak to the politics of President Trump's decision, as Defense Department rules prohibit those currently serving from doing so.

"I trust that my commander-in-chief knows what he is supposed to be doing," he told Tapper. "As a member of the military, we support and defend the Constitution.

"I will not criticize his words or his actions with regards to the military publicly.

"I have to believe that he wants the best for the military – and this is just really bad advice that he's been given by people who don't trust Rand when they trust Rand for other studies that the military does."

Dremann was referring to studies by Rand Corp. estimating that between 2,500 and 7,000 transgender service members were on active duty and an additional 1,500 to 4,000 in the reserves.

"We've caused no disruptions," he said. "There's been no readiness issues. We continue to deploy.

"We are company commanders, special operators, drill sergeants who are continuing to do the mission.

"There is nothing that has held us back with regards to moving forward on the policy," Dremann said of last year's reversal. "There's been no issue with the policy since it's been released.

"This has been a bit of a shock," he added. "The numbers are in our favor."

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