Trump Bans Transgender Individuals from Joining Military

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PC: jerroldnadler.house.gov
PC: jerroldnadler.house.gov

The New York Times reported:

‘President Trump signed a long-awaited directive on Friday that precludes transgender individuals from joining the military but gives Defense Secretary Jim Mattis wide discretion in determining whether those already in the armed forces can continue to serve.

Mr. Mattis’s decisions will be based on several criteria, including military effectiveness and budgetary concerns, a senior White House official said in briefing reporters.

Left unclear was how many of the thousands of transgender service personnel estimated to be in the military might keep serving. By putting the onus on Mr. Mattis, the president appeared to open the door to allowing at least some transgender service members to remain in the military.

Dana W. White, the chief Pentagon spokeswoman, said that Mr. Mattis had received the guidance but did not indicate how he would proceed.

Mr. Trump abruptly announced the ban last month, helping to resolve a fight in Congress over whether taxpayer dollars should be used for gender transition and hormone therapy for transgender service members. Objections from conservatives had threatened a $790 billion defense and security spending package.’

Read the full article at https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/25/us/politics/trump-mattis-transgender-ban.html.





President Trump marked a hotly anticipated order on Friday that blocks transgender people from joining the military yet gives Defense Secretary Jim Mattis wide attentiveness in deciding if those as of now in the military can keep on serving.

Mr. Mattis’ choices will be founded on a few criteria, including military adequacy and budgetary concerns, a senior White House official said in preparation correspondents.

Left misty was what number of the a great many transgender administration staff assessed to be in the military may continue serving. By putting the onus on Mr. Mattis, the president seemed to open the way to permitting in any event some transgender administration individuals to stay in the military.

Dana W. White, the main Pentagon representative, said that Mr. Mattis had gotten the direction however did not demonstrate how he would continue.

Mr. Trump suddenly reported the boycott a month ago, settling a battle in Congress about whether citizen dollars ought to be utilized for sexual orientation change and hormone treatment for transgender administration individuals. Complaints from preservationists had debilitated a $790 billion guard and security spending bundle.