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US Trump bans most transgender Americans from serving in the military

03:40  24 march  2018
03:40  24 march  2018 Source:   thehill.com

Trump to decide Friday on new policy for transgender troops, likely limiting their service

  Trump to decide Friday on new policy for transgender troops, likely limiting their service Trump can accept Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' proposal on transgender troops or return to pre-2016 policy that effectively bans their service.In August, President Trump sent Defense Secretary Jim Mattis a memo ordering him to propose changes to the Obama-era policy that allows transgender troops to serve openly and receive medical treatment, including sexual reassignment surgery.

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President Trump on Friday moved to ban most transgender people from serving in the military.

Trump issued a memo Friday on policies determined by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, stating that transgender people are "disqualified from military service except under limited circumstances."

"Transgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria -- individuals who the policies state may require substantial medical treatment, including medications and surgery -- are disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances," the memo reads.

Pelosi condemns Trump's 'cowardly, disgusting' ban on transgender troops

  Pelosi condemns Trump's 'cowardly, disgusting' ban on transgender troops The House minority leader condemned the Trump administration's move late Friday to ban most transgender Americans from serving in the U.S. military. Pelosi issued a statement calling President Trump's decision to exclude transgender recruits from the military based on a recommendation from Defense Secretary James Mattis "cowardly" and "disgusting.""This latest memorandum is the same cowardly, disgusting ban the President announced last summer. No one with the strength and bravery to serve in the U.S. military should be turned away because of who they are," Pelosi said.

Trump first called for a ban on transgender troops in a series of tweets last summer, and followed up in August by issuing a memo banning transgender people from enlisting.

The ban has since been battled over in court, with Mattis saying earlier this year that he would give Trump a final recommendation. It was expected that he would recommend Trump allow transgender troops to remain in the military.

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Pentagon silent on U.S. transgender policy .
<p>Nearly a week after President Donald Trump signed a memorandum banning some transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, Pentagon officials on Thursday refused to answer questions about the policy except to say they would continue to follow court orders currently blocking the ban.</p>Last Friday, the White House announced Trump had signed the memorandum, but also had given the secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security authority to implement policies as they see fit.

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