>> President Trump on Twitter announcing he would not allow transgender individuals to serve in the US Military. In a series of Tweets with unnervingly long pauses between each, he writes quote after consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the US military.
Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you. It's estimated that thousands of transgender people are already serving and what the new policy means for them is anything but clear, as Reuters reporter Daniel Trada.
>> So the tweets from the President this morning have created some confusion because nobody really knows what happens, for example, to active duty transgender members. Are they going to be kicked out? Are they going to be allowed to continue to serve? What happens to people who are coming into the military, must they hide their transgender identity?
>> As a candidate, Republican Trump campaigned on promises to protect the LGBTQ community, though often using it to cast radical Islam as intolerant.>> I will do everything in my power to protect our LGTBQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology.>>
>> The Pentagon ended its ban in 2016 under President Obama.
It was expected to start allowing transgender people to begin enlisting this year, provided they had been quote, stable in their preferred gender for 18 months. But last month, Defense Secretary James Mattis approved a six month delay in implementing the policy, a delay that alarmed advocates. On Wednesday, Senate armed forces committee chairman John McCain calling Trump's announcement, unclear and inappropriate, given an ongoing Pentagon study on the issue.
Well, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi calling Trump's ban quote, a cruel and arbitrary decision designed to humiliate transgender Americans who stepped forward to serve our country.