"After consultation with my generals and military experts, please be advised that the USA government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the US military", the president said then, though the announcement seemed to catch the Pentagon off guard.
Transgender troops who are in the US military may remain in the ranks, the White House said late Friday, but the Pentagon could require them to serve according to their gender at birth.
Under the new policy proposal, transgender Americans "who require or have undergone gender transition are disqualified from military service", while transgender troops now serving will essentially be asked to deny their own gender identity, as the Pentagon will be able to demand that they serve according to the gender they were assigned at birth. That ban has been challenged by both the ACLU and Lambda Legal, and its implementation was temporarily blocked by a federal court.
Among those critics was Danica Roem, the first openly transgender person elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, who tweeted that "t$3 ransgender members of our military have done more to serve and protect this country than Donald Trump ever will".
The Pentagon has not said when the new rule is set to take effect, stating only that it will "continue to assess and retain transgender service members".
But the US Senate's top Democrat Chuck Schumer said the policy still amounted to a ban, calling it "yet another Trump-Pence decision meant to drive a wedge in our society".
People who have undergone gender transition treatment are barred because it may not "fully remedy. the mental health problems associated with gender dysphoria", the report said, also noting the time required for treatment.
The policy adopts recommendations that President Trump received from Defence Secretary Jim Mattis. "This policy is not based on an evaluation of new evidence".
Mississippi governor to appoint a woman to Senate
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The document said that the two cabinet secretaries recommended that people diagnosed with gender dysphoria be banned from military service. The White House said Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen agreed with the policy.
"What the White House has released tonight is transphobia masquerading as policy", said Joshua Block, a senior staff lawyer at the American Civil Liberties Union, in a statement.
The Democratic National Committee also weighed in late Friday, calling the decision "an insult to our fearless transgender service members and all who wear our nation's uniform", adding that "discrimination is not a national security strategy".
Many members of Congress also spoke out against the ban, including veteran Tammy Duckworth.
The White House said allowing transgender troops to serve "presents considerable risk to military effectiveness and lethality", according to the AP.
"There is simply no way to spin it, the Trump-Pence Administration is going all in on its discriminatory, unconstitutional and despicable ban on transgender troops", the organization's president Chad Griffin said.
A 2016 study conducted by the government-funded RAND Corporation for the Pentagon estimated that almost 4,000 transgender troops were serving on active duty and in the reserves. The Pentagon said Friday that it will continue to abide by Obama-era policies welcoming transgender troops while those legal battles continue.
In a last-minute addition, it added funds to include the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) for gun sales. The Obama-era plan protects migrants who were brought through illegal process to America as children from deportation.
Sanders also confirmed that Trump also didn't raise the issues of election meddling or Russia's allegedly tainted voting process . The two leaders talked over the phone on Tuesday and discussed U.S. -Russia relations and denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.
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Earlier this week, President Trump issued an executive order prohibiting USA citizens from purchasing or trading petro . The US government's actions are believed to send a clear message to their counterparts in Venezuela .
The group marched through downtown streets, chanting and speaking out against "wrongful deaths of black Americans by police". In video recorded by two officers' body cameras and from the helicopter , police yelled, "Hey, show me your hands".
Overnight scattered snow could last into the morning today in Cleveland, with the relentless winds and chilly weather hanging on. As the week progresses, we should dry out and highs will bounce back into the 50s.
It may be possible to store the data in RAM on some higher end devices , but none of the now available Instant games do so. Google also said it has redesigned its Google Play Games app with an "Arcade" tab to show game video trailers.
Sources added that the possible reason for the deferment of the case on Saturday was because of Lalu's deterring health issue. Only after pronouncing the petition, the ruling will be pronounced on Lalu in case of illegal withdrawal from Dumka Treasury.
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United reviewing pet policy after string of mishaps
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