>> A federal judge ruled Monday, transgender recruits can join the US Military as of January 1st, despite President Donald Trump's attempts to ban them. The court denied a White House request to uphold the ban, while it appealed another order blocking it. Trump announced the ban in July, citing concerns over military focus and medical cost.
Several transgender service members soon filed suit. The push to allow transgender troops dates back to Barack Obama's administration. The Trump administration argue the US was not equipped to handle the cost of training the military to process transgender recruits. But the judge rejected that argument, saying the Pentagon had had a year and a half to prepare and said the administration's reasons for the ban, quote, do not appear to be supported by any facts.