Fox News host Tucker Carlson is not pleased with Defense Secretary James Mattis’ decision to push back the military’s deadline for accepting transgender recruits. In fact, Carlson voiced on his show Friday night that Mattis should have wholeheartedly rejected the idea of accepting transgender soldiers altogether.
In a memo, Mattis has the Obama era-implemented deadline of July 1 would be pushed back six months:
“After consulting with the service chiefs and secretaries, I have determined that it is necessary to defer the start of accessions for six months. We will use this additional time to evaluate more carefully the impact of such accessions on readiness and lethality.”
Carlson verbally combatted former Obama administration official Patrick Granfield on the matter, with Granfield saying that making the right decision required more facts and more time:
“When I worked directly with Secretary Ash Carter on a number of personnel reforms, whether it was the repeal of ‘Don’t ask, Don’t tell,’ whether it was women in combat, or whether it was transgender service, the question was always, ‘Does this make our force more effective?’ And, you know, Ash Carter, he’s a physicist. He wants the data, he wants the facts. He’s not an ideologue, and neither is General Mattis, who is the secretary of defense. And so, that’s how we approached these questions, but also in mind that we have the finest fighting ..”
Carslon wasn’t having it, and interrupted with his own interjection. You can see the heated exchange in the video below:
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