Trump Issues New Order Banning Transgender Americans From Serving In The Military

President Donald Trump on Friday issued a memo on Friday stating that transgender people are “disqualified from military service except under limited circumstances.”

The White House issued a memorandum on policies determined by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, following through on a pledge last year that has been under review by the Pentagon and fought out in the courts.

The memorandum, filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, states that “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 Hill adds:

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 in February giving Trump a final recommendation. It was expected that he would recommend Trump allow transgender troops to remain in the military.