President Donald Trump’s unscripted musings about the transgender military ban in an interview with Piers Morgan earlier this week could complicate his administration’s efforts to argue in support of the policy in federal court. Legal experts told Newsweek that plaintiffs in several of the cases challenging the ban will take note of Trump’s commentary, but cautioned that a conservative-leaning Supreme Court might be disinterested in interjections from the commander-in-chief.
“You have to have a standard and you have to stick by that standard,” Trump told Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan in response to a question about his administration’s pursuit of a transgender military ban. “We have a great military, and I want to keep it that way. And maybe [transgender troops] would be phenomenal. I think they probably would be. But again, you have very strict rules and regulations on drugs and prescription drugs and all of these different things.”