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Trump Says U.S. 'Will Not Accept or Allow' Transgender People to Serve in Military

In a series of tweets Wednesday morning (July 26), President Donald Trump announced his plan to reinstate a ban on transgender people openly serving in the U.S. military. 

“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 series of three posts on Twitter.

In 2016, Ash Carter, former President Barack Obama's defense secretary, lifted the ban on transgender military service, allowing for a year-long review process by the Pentagon to determine how to implement the policy. It would have allowed transgender service members to receive medical care and ban the military from involuntarily separating those who came out as transgender.

In June -- one day before the military's deadline to update its medical standards to accommodate transgender service members -- current Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced that he was delaying implementation of the plan by six months.