Trump just signed a directive that the military not move forward with an Obama-era plan that would have allowed transgender individuals to be recruited into the armed forces. He also directed the departments of Defense and Homeland Security
“to determine how to address transgender individuals currently serving based on military effectiveness and lethality, unitary cohesion, budgetary constraints, applicable law, and all factors that may be relevant.”
The White House official who briefed reporters on the memo on tonight declined to say whether transgender troops would be allowed to remain in the military under those policy guidelines but signaled that the administration was returning to the military’s pre-2016 policy under which no transgender individuals were allowed to serve openly in the armed forces.
This comes a month after Trump said on Twitter,
“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 U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”