>> Openly transgender people are now allowed to enlist in the US Military. The Pentagon last week said it would begin accepting transgender recruits starting on Monday. Back in July, Trump tweeted that he had decided he would quote, not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the armed services.
The President cited what he called, tremendous medical costs and disruptions that transgender in the military would entail.>> This is a very expensive and disruptive policy. And based on consultation that he's had with his national security team, came to the conclusion that it erodes military readiness and unit cohesion.
>> Transgender veterans should have the right to serve their country.>> The move provoked protests around the country and confusion within the military, which received no warning of the executive order.>> We'll act when we receive directors through the proper chain of command channels, and then we'll evaluate what we have and move out from there.
>> Four federal courts rejected Trump's transgender ban, and two appeals courts upheld those decisions. The Trump administration has not challenged those rulings. The Pentagon said in a statement quote, as mandated by court order, the Department of Defense is prepared to begin accessing transgender applicants for military service January 1st.