Will Trump’s Trans Ban Distract From Stormy Weekend?

“Do I see a stormy Daniels caustic and cruel trump distraction here?” one Twitter user writes of Trump’s announcement before the adult film star’s pending “60 Minutes” interview

Last Updated: March 23, 2018 @ 10:01 PM

President Donald Trump issued a memorandum Friday night banning transgender persons from military service “except under certain limited circumstances.” And critics are convinced it’s at least partly intended to distract from his personal scandals, like the reported affair between Trump and porn star Stormy Daniels.

“Among other things, the policies set forth by the Secretary of Defense state that transgender persons with a history of diagnosis of gender dysphoria — individuals who the policies state may require substantial medical treatment, including medications and surgery — are disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances,” the president wrote in a memorandum released to the public.

The news came late on Friday night, traditionally a dumping ground for news people hope will be quickly forgotten. But cynics noted this announcement comes ahead of Sunday night’s “60 Minutes” interview with adult film star Stormy Daniels (whose real name is Stephanie Clifford). Her attorney, Michael Avenatti, has teased that his client is sitting on a secret regarding the sexual relationship the actress says she had with Trump.

Here’s just a small sampling of the naysayers: