President announces ban on transgender people serving in the military

Published: Jul. 26, 2017 at 8:49 AM CDT
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President Donald Trump announced a ban on transgender military service in a series of tweets Wednesday morning.

“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. Thank you,” Trump wrote in a three tweets on Wednesday.

His announcement comes just over one year after former President Barack Obama’s then-Secretary of Defense Ash Carter lifted the ban on transgender military service.

The decision is a complete reversal of President Obama's policy established last year to allow transgender troops to serve openly.

Last month, Defense Secretary James Mattis announced the Pentagon would delay Obama's order through the remainder of 2017 to review the impact of the shift.Statement from Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer:

“I’m familiar with the questions that have been raised about the costs of gender reassignment surgery, but the president’s comments are much broader. I’d like to hear more details about what exactly is being proposed, and have an opportunity to hear from the Secretary of Defense and the service chiefs about how they would implement any new policy.”