>> President Trump reinstating a transgender ban in the military Friday. Directing the Pentagon to no longer accept transgender men and women as recruits. And blocking the use of government funds for future gender reassignment surgeries. When Trump announced the ban on Twitter in July, the Pentagon was reportedly taken by surprise.
But awaited a proper memorandum before taking action. That came Friday. In a White House memo, Trump detailed the ban, which reverses President Barack Obama's 2016 policy change. The order gives Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis a 2018 deadline to submit a plan on how to handle transgender people currently in uniform.
Based on military effectiveness and lethality, budget limitations and the law. A White House official saying Trump decided the Obama administration had not sufficiently identified a basis for changing what was then a long-standing ban on transgender troops. The move drawing criticism from LGBT advocates, and former Iraq veteran Senator Tammy Duckworth.
Tweeting, when I was bleeding to death in my Black Hawk, I didn't care if the troops saving me were gay, straight, transgender, black, white, or brown. Senator John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, saying Trump's plan would be a step in the wrong direction. While the new directive appeals to Trump's conservative base, the President's decision leaves thousands of transgender troops in limbo.
Many of whom came out after the Pentagon's 2016 policy, allowing them to serve openly.