Apple, Google and Facebook CEOs slam Trump’s transgender military ban

President Trump on Wednesday said that transgender people will no longer be able to serve in the U.S. military, sparking an outcry from some of the world’s largest tech firms.

Executives from Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter took to social media to denounce the ban, which some labeled as discrimination.

“We are indebted to all who serve. Discrimination against anyone holds everyone back,” tweeted Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Trump tweeted that he came to the decision after consulting with military experts and generals.

“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,” he tweeted.

But some tech CEOs disagreed with Trump’s decision.

“Everyone should be able to serve their country — no matter who they are,” wrote Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a Facebook post.

Other tech executives, including Google CEO Sundar Pichai and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, tweeted that they were grateful for the transgender members of the military.

“Discrimination in any form is wrong for all of us,” tweeted Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

It was the latest clash between the Trump administration and Silicon Valley tech companies and executives, who also spoke out against the president’s executive order that barred visitors from six Muslim-majority countries. In June, the Supreme Court allowed parts of the ban to move forward.

More than 50 tech companies also joined a legal brief in support of transgender rights after a transgender student in Virginia was denied access to the boy’s bathroom. The Supreme Court decided not to hear the case in March, sending it back to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Photo: President Donald Trump alongside White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, left, during a meeting with manufacturing CEOs in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 23, 2017. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)


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  • omegatalon

    This is a failure of the Obama Administration as while everyone loves Obama and thinks he’s one of the best Presidents this country has had, one has to remember that short of Obamacare, Barack Obama did very little as President because of his unwillingness to work with a Republican controlled Congress as George W Bush had no problems in getting things done while working with a Democratic controlled Congress as the Paris Climate Accord and Transgender should have been things Obama should have tried to work with Congress with.

  • B. Terclinger

    Meanwhile Tim Cooke, who makes $145 million PER YEAR, just agreed to cut VPN apps in Apple’s Chinese App Store, so that freedom-loving Chinese can no longer get past China’s communist / crony capitalist fascist police state firewall.

    For gay Tim Cooke, it’s more important to destroy America by turning our military into one giant gender reassignment clinic.

    Wish someone would make a good linux phone, I would dump Apple in a heartbeat.

    • Highest common denominator

      Please explain how a country can be both communist and fascist? Are you just stringing words together because you think they sound nice?

  • AfroCOONApe

    I didn’t know those companies have militaries