Miami Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a longtime proponent of LGBT rights who has a transgender son, was quick to deride President Donald Trump's decision to ban transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military.
"No American, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity, should be prohibited from honor + privilege of serving our nation," Ros-Lehtinen tweeted.
Her remarks came less than an hour after Trump announced the decision via Twitter Wednesday morning.
"After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military," Trump tweeted. "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."
Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis, who was conducting a review of transgender military service, was on vacation when Trump made the announcement Wednesday morning.
Ros-Lehtinen and Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo voted against a proposal earlier in July that would have banned U.S. military funding for medical costs associated with transgender individuals like hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgeries. The proposal, sponsored by Missouri Republican Rep. Vicky Hartzler, failed after 24 moderate Republicans joined Democrats in opposition.