Donald Trump Signs Transgender Military Ban

US President Donald J Trump has signed a memo prohibiting transgenders from serving in the United States military.

According to a White House official, the memo gives the Secretary of Defense as well as the Secretary of Homeland Security formal authority to return to the long-standing policy and practice on military service on transgender individuals that was in place prior to June of 2016, CBS reports.

The official said that the White House “coordinated with the DOD and General Counsel’s office” and were “very familiar with the directives and the final text” of the memo.

While the White House official refused to specify whether or not there might be any scenario in which a transgender service member currently in the military could remain in the service, the White House says the Pentagon will decide a best “implementation plan” to address the situation by a deadline of March 23, 2018.

The official said the new guidance is also expected to put a stop to recruitment of transgender individuals and prohibit the use of federal funds to pay for sexual reassignment surgery.

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