Tech firms criticize Trump’s call for a transgender military ban

Some of the technology industry’s most prominent companies and leaders called for inclusion after President Trump proposed barring transgender people from the U.S. military.

Following a series of Wednesday morning tweets from Trump that said allowing transgender people to serve would result in “tremendous medical costs and disruption,” Apple, Google, Uber, Facebook and Twitter and their leaders voiced their support for transgender members of the military — but were careful not to mention Trump by name. Their statements were general calls to action, some using the hashtag #LetThemServe.

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

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

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