The decision marks Mr. Biden’s latest attempt to materialize his campaign pledge and reverse a series of policies under his predecessor Donald Trump.
In a statement on Twitter, the new President Biden said America would be safer when all eligible people can serve in the military “openly and proudly”.
The White House statement said: “President Biden believes that gender should not be a barrier to the performance of military service and America’s strength lies in diversity.” The White House emphasized that allowing all qualified Americans to serve their country in the military would be “better for the army and the country”, asserting that this is the right thing and in the national interest.
In 2016, then-President Barack Obama of the Democratic Party allowed transgender people to publicly serve in the military and receive transgender medical care. However, in July 2017, Mr. Trump reversed this policy.
According to the US Department of Defense, there are about 1.3 million active personnel in the US military. There is no official number of transgender soldiers. However, the Rand Institute Policy Research Institute estimates released in 2016 suggest that the number is about 2,450.
On the same day, the new President Biden announced that it would replace the US government’s fleet of about 650,000 units with electric models as the new administration shifted its focus to developing clean energy. These electric vehicles are made in the US and manufactured by American workers. Converting to electric cars could cost $ 20 billion or more.
According to the General Service of America (GSA), as of July 2020, the US government fleet consists of 645,000 units of all kinds, of which only more than 3,200 electric cars. In 2019, the cost to maintain this fleet is 4.4 billion USD.
On foreign policy, on January 25, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the new Biden President wanted a “patient” approach to his relationship with China.
Speaking at a press conference at the White House, Ms. Psaki stated that the new Biden’s administration will conduct consultations with Democratic and Republican politicians, as well as international partners and allies on this issue. the coming weeks.