In answer to a question from a military veteran, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says he will let commanders decide the role women and transgender people will play in the U.S. military. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told a group of military veterans on Monday (October 3) that he will end what was described as "political correctness" in the military. When one military veteran complained that the changing roles of women and transgender members of the military were impacting the readiness of U.S. fighting forces, Trump assured the former officer that if elected, the New York businessman would allow military commanders to make recommendations about the roles of women and transgender service members, and promised to follow their advice. Trump took questions from an organization called, Retired American Warriors in Herndon, Virginia. The appearance comes in the wake of a report from the New York Times that Trump reported a $916 million loss on his 1995 federal income tax return, a move that may have allowed him to avoid paying federal income taxes for up to 18 years. On Sunday, two of Trump's advisers said his decision to take the nearly $1 billion loss on his 1995 return showed his business acumen and "genius" at figuring out how to minimize his tax bill. The tax benefits outlined in the documents stemmed from financial deals Trump made that went bad in the early 1990s. Trump has declined to release his tax records, saying he will not do so until an audit of his returns by the Internal Revenue Service is complete. The IRS has said that an audit does not bar an individual from sharing their own tax information.