Donald Trump officially instructs Pentagon to indefinitely ban transgender troops

Donald Trump

President Trump has officially and indefinitely instructed the Pentagon to ban transgender troops from serving in the US Military.

The Commander in Chief was accused of major hypocrisy after an address he made on Monday night about the US Military in which he said there was “no room for prejudice… for bigotry.”

Then on Friday he instructed Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to permanently ban transgender troops from serving openly in a memo.

The memo gives Mattis six months to implement the ban, by 23 March 2018.

Mattis was also instructed to stop using funds for gender reassignment surgeries or medication related to transition.

It is unclear what will happen to the hundreds of transgender troops already serving.

According to the memo they will be assessed on a number of factors including “military effectiveness.”

It is unclear whether Mattis will be allowed to determine that some troops can stay.

Dana W White, on behalf of Mattis, simply said on Friday that he had received the memo and that “More information will be forthcoming.”

Trump tweeted the ban on transgender troops serving openly in the US military, claiming that he was doing a “great favour” to the military.

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