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 …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Politics