Trump Doubles Down on Trans Ban

On July 26, Donald Trump tweeted his proposal for banning transgender service members from the U.S. military.

In response to those tweets, General Joseph Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, insisted that there would be “no modifications to the current policy” until the Pentagon had received and implemented new guidance on that proposed policy.

On Wednesday, The Wall St. Journal reported that Donald Trump’s White House is preparing to issue that guidance in a 2 1/2 page memo, which will be sent to the Pentagon in the coming days.

According to WSJ, the guidance would:

  • direct the Pentagon to deny admittance of transgender individuals into the U.S. military
  • stop spending on medical treatment regimens for those currently serving
  • allow Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to consider “deployability” in deciding whether to kick a transgender service member out of the military
  • give General Mattis six months to prepare to fully implement the new ban

Once implemented, this policy would reverse the Obama administration’s lifting of the ban on transgender service, which was announced by then Defense Secretary Ash Carter last summer.

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