>> Rise and resist, rise and resist.>> The rainbow flag flying high in New York on Wednesday, protesters rallying against President Donald Trump's surprise move to ban transgender soldiers from the US military>> We are together, and we rise up together, and we will resist this president. 100 gathered in Times Square angry at Trump's announcement that was made over Twitter among those stunned by the decision, transgender veteran Jennifer Long.
>> There's a lot of shock, it was completely unexpected. I don't think anybody in our community expected such a message to come across, especially such a message that it sets policy and affect so many lives.>> Reuters Letitia Stein is following the story.>> Among the concerns that we heard raised by active duty transgender military members and veterans is what happens to younger members of the armed forces, who may be very early into their careers and their transgender transitions and now are incredibly vulnerable.
One retired military leader also questioned the message that it sends to troops, when their leader lets them know that he does not trust some among them.>> Last year, former Defense Secretary Ash Carter suggested there are about 4,000 transgender members serving in the military, but the White House says it hasn't yet decided whether or not they'll be immediately thrown out.
The tweet has won Trump some favor among his conservative base, but it's also sparked bipartisan backlash among law makers. Senator John McCain, the most prominent military veteran in congress, calling the president's announcement unclear and inappropriate. And top house Democrat Nancy Pelosi hitting back at Trump's claim that trans soldiers are a costly burden on the military pointing to a report that puts the cost for the defense department health care budget, 111 of 1%