‘This is our answer to the White House’: California is bucking Trump’s controversial policies in an unprecedented way


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In recent weeks, the California National Guard, the largest National Guard militia in the US, began signaling its disagreement with President Donald Trump on two contentious issues: the US-Mexico border and transgender service members.
Nearly a month after the Supreme Court decided not to stand in the way of Trump’s move to bar transgender people from serving in the military, the CalGuard’s second-in-command told policymakers the rule would not be enforced on transgender troops serving in the CalGuard.
California’s newly elected Democratic governor Gavin Newsom also announced he would withdraw most of the roughly 360 California National Guardsmen currently deployed at the southern border to “focus on the actual threats facing the State of California.”
Around 110 troops at the US-Mexico border will be redeployed for “fire prevention and fire suppression efforts” as state authorities are believed to be nearing the end of the “decision-making process” for allocating assets for the upcoming fire season.
A former senior CalGuard official told INSIDER on Monday the redeployment appears to be the right move. “In the end, I think National Guard troops are more suited, certainly for California, for things like wildfires,” the official said. “It’s when they’re inundated with so many fires that all the firefighting capabilities in the state can’t keep up with the [operational] tempo.”

In recent weeks, California and its militia, the largest National Guard entity in the US, began signaling its disagreement with President Donald Trump on two contentious topics: the southern border and transgender service members.

Nearly a month after the Supreme Court decided not to stand in the way of Trump’s move to bar transgender people from serving in the military, the CalGuard’s second-in-command told policymakers the rule would not be enforced on transgender troops serving in the CalGuard.

“As long as you fight, we don’t care what gender you identify as,” Maj. Gen. Matthew Beevers, the California Military Department’s assistant adjutant general, said to the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee last week.

“Nobody’s going to kick you out,” Beevers said, adding that transgender service members would still have to seek gender-reassignment surgery.

Trump’s ban has yet to be fully implemented, pending an injunction in place at the District Court of Maryland. US District Judge George Russell of Baltimore has yet to rule on the issue.

Beevers said he expects the ban “will be lifted again.”

Trump initially announced he would reverse President Barack Obama’s 2017 policy of allowing transgender people to serve. Trump said via tweet at the time that the military “cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”

One year before Trump’s announcement; however, a 2016 government-funded study found that “the costs of gender transition-related health care treatment are relatively low” for the 1,320 to 6,630 transgender troops on active duty. In its study, the Rand Corporation estimated a yearly cost of between $2.4 million and $8.4 million for gender-related surgical procedures, or about a 0.04% to 0.13% increase in health care costs for the active-duty military.

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