President Donald Trump told the Pentagon on Friday to place an indefinite ban on transgender people serving in the military
Trump, however, seemed to be open the possibility of allowing some transgender people already serving to remain in the armed forces. Trump gave Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the ability to decide whether or not those individuals can stay, and Trump also said that until ththat decision is made, “no action may be taken against” them.
In June 2016, the Obama administration changed traditional policy that declared that transgender troops could openly serve. It set a July 2017 deadline for deciding whether transgender people would be allowed to join the military. Mattis delayed that decision to Jan. 1, 2018. Trump has now instructed Mattis to extend that indefinitely.
A White House official who briefed members of the media on the presidential order would not say whether Trump would permit any exceptions.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report)