President Trump Bans Transgender People From Serving in Military

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President Trump tweeted Wednesday that transgender people will not be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. Military. According to the National Center for Transgender Equality, there are more than 15,000 transgender Americans currently serving.

This decision reverses Barack Obama's approved request in June of last year for the Pentagon to lift its ban on transgender soldiers. After being delayed by Trump's Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, the President has decided to reimplement the ban.

"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," Trump tweeted. "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."

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