Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin and a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, this week said that he “wouldn't change” the military's ban on transgender service.

The Department of Defense (DOD) last month announced that it is studying the option of ending the ban. An estimated 15,000 transgender men and women currently serve in the U.S. military, making the DOD the largest employer of transgender people in the United States.

In an interview with Newsmax TV, Walker was asked: “As commander in chief, what would be your position on transgender and gays and lesbians serving in our armed forces?”

“I wouldn't change the policy,” Walker answered.

“And I think at a time when we just came off the week when four Marines and a petty officer in the Navy were ambushed and killed at a recruiting center, where we see the current administration under the Obama-Clinton doctrine not lifting the political restrictions on our men and women in uniform in Iraq, when we see the challenges we face around the world, I think those of us who are talking about running for president need to focus on what we need to do to rebuild the military.”

“Our goal is [for there] to be peace, but there will be times when America must fight. And I think it needs to be clear that Americans fight to win, and our men and women in the military need to have the resources to do that,” he added. “So as president I'm going to spend my time focused on those issues, not those others.”

(Related: Mike Huckabee on transgender soldiers: “The military is not a social experiment.”)