Most congressional Republicans swiftly denounced Trump’s decision or kept silent. For a while, it appeared that Perdue was one of the only Senate Republicans defending the president’s decision.
He told MIC at the time:
"I don't think this is the time to have a social agenda conversation," Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) said. "I think [Trump] is well within his rights [to impose the ban]."
Which brings us back to Friday, when Perdue elaborated on his position. He told reporters that he personally believes transgender people should be able to serve, but qualified that the government should not pay for any surgeries.
From the Marietta Daily Journal:
Perdue qualified his response by referencing the nation's $20 trillion debt.
"Every dollar we spend on the military today is borrowed," he said.
As far as policy rifts go in Washington, this one is fairly small. But it's notable given just how much of a loyal foot soldier Perdue has been for Trump since the New York real estate magnate seized the GOP nomination for president.
The only other public difference of opinion we can remember between the two is over the border-adjustment tax proposal, which Trump briefly eyed this spring. Perdue said the plan, which would have taxed imports but exempted exports, was "regressive, hammers consumers and shuts down economic growth."