President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he would no longer allow people who deny their biological sex to serve in the U.S. armed services, potentially ending an Obama-era mandate. In his series of three tweets, Trump said, “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 [sic] in the military would entail.”
However, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine General Joseph Dunford, announced on Thursday that planning to implement the policy allowing those who deny their biological sex to serve in the military (set to go into effect January 1, 2018) would proceed unless and until “the President’s directive is received by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary has issued implementation guidance.”
Many conservatives are praising President Trump’s decision, including FACT President David Fowler, but we will have to wait and see if Trump backs up the tweets with a presidential directive.
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