Trump Gives Pentagon Six Months To Kick Trans People Out Of Military

Trump is expected to send guidance to the Pentagon in the coming days on how to implement its new ban on transgender people serving in the military. 

The new orders would give Defense Secretary James Mattis the power to decide a new member’s ability to deploy before removing them from the military or not. 

The Wall Street Journal reported a document that stated directions to the Pentagon to deny admittance to transgender people and to stop spending on medical treatment regimens for those currently serving.

Trump tweeted in July that trans people would not be allowed serve in the military. 

“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail,” he said.

This new ban, that Trump is implementing, is reversing the policy put in place by former president Barack Obama last year. Under this policy, transgender individuals were allowed serve openly in the military.

According to the directions and memo, Mattis will be given six months to implement the new ban. 

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