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    US President Donald Trump issued an order on Friday to formally bar most transgender people from serving in the military, with limited exceptions, having spurred much controversy on social media.

    "The policies set forth by the Secretary of Defense state that transgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria — individuals who the policies state may require substantial medical treatment, including medications and surgery — are disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances," the memo stated.

    READ MORE: Trump Bans Most US Transgender Troops from Military Service in New Memo

    The highly debated issue couldn’t go unnoticed on social media, with many users insisting that Trump’s move was unconstitutional.

    Others did not mince words, alluding to the president’s bone-spur diagnosis which allowed him to receive five deferrals from the Vietnam War draft:

    Popular American singer Demi Lovato joined those who condemned Trump’s decision…

    …as well as top Democrat Nancy Pelosi:

    Another user managed to find Trump’s tweet on the LGBT community which he posted during the 2016 election campaign:

    Many Twitterians suspected that Trump was trying to distract people from real news, such as the anticipated Stormy Daniels interview due to air Sunday, or the fact that he had signed the “biggest” spending bill into law:

    Meanwhile, there were those who shared the president’s views, insisting that transgender people should not serve in the army:

    On Friday, Trump issued a memo disqualifying transgender people with gender dysphoria from military service.

    "The Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Homeland Security, with respect to the U.S. Coast Guard, may exercise their authority to implement any appropriate policies concerning military service by transgender individuals," Trump stated.

    President Trump’s decision marks a complete reversal of a policy outlined by his predecessor Barack Obama.


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