Rep. Kevin Cramer Says of Ban on Trans Personnel in the Military: “I’m Not Interested in Social Experimenting”

I had Congressman Kevin Cramer on my radio show yesterday for our weekly open phones segment, and I asked him about President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender personnel in the military.

“All in all I’m not very interested in it,” he said adding that he’s more interested in the military being equipped and prepared to accomplish its missions.

But he did say that this sort of an issue could be a distraction from that sort of readiness.

“When the military becomes a place to experiment on social issues, I have a problem,” he told me.

“When the military becomes a place to experiment on social issues, I have a problem,” he told me.

“The Obama administration allowed the military to fund sex change surgeries,” he added, saying those surgeries allowed soldiers to disqualify themselves from deployments.

As for Trump’s announcement of the controversial policy on Twitter, Cramer says that’s the sort of thing Trump’s supporters love.

“There are big chunks of his base who love it,” Cramer told me. “I have family members who love it.”

He added that he is personally concerned at times about Trump’s use of Twitter, but chalks it up to the President being an unconventional leader.

Here’s the full audio of our interview:

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and the host of the Rob (Re)Port on Fargo-based WDAY AM970 from noon-2pm weekdays.

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