Democratic Rep. Susan Davis of the 53rd Congressional District. Photo by Chris Stone

Rep. Susan Davis called President Trump’s new ban on transgender service members “discrimination” and vowed the block the action in Congress.

“Transgender service members have and are serving with honor, distinction, and courage,” she said Friday. “No evidence has been ­­­­­­presented to warrant this ban, which is based solely on discrimination.”

President Donald Trump on Friday directed the military not to move forward with an Obama-era plan that would have allowed transgender individuals to be recruited, but allowed commanders leeway in dealing with transgender individuals already serving in the military.

Trump had tweeted in July that “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. ”

Davis, a Democrat who represents central San Diego and parts of East County, said she would work to block Trump’s action during the defense budget process.

“With the National Defense Authorization Act making its way through Congress, I will seek options to block this action,” she said. “Our servicemembers should be focused on the singular objective of protecting Americans. This ban will only serve as a disruptive distraction of that effort.”

Davis serves on the influential House Armed Services Committee.

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