In a statement released by The White House, Trump says transgender people are “disqualified from military service except under limited circumstances"

By Alexia Fernández
March 23, 2018 10:31 PM
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President Donald Trump has issued orders to ban transgender troops from military service.

In a statement by the White House on Friday, the proposed ban blocks any transgender person from serving except under “limited circumstances.”

“Today, the President rescinded his previous memorandum on transgender service in the military in order to allow Secretary Mattis to implement a new policy developed through extensive study by senior uniformed and civilian leaders, including combat veterans,” the statement read.

It claims those with a “history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria … present considerable risk to military effectiveness and lethality.”

“The experts’ study sets forth a policy to enhance our military’s readiness, lethality, and effectiveness,” the statement continued. “On the advice of these experts, the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security have concluded that the accession or retention of individuals with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria—those who may require substantial medical treatment, including through medical drugs or surgery—presents considerable risk to military effectiveness and lethality.”

It concluded, “This new policy will enable the military to apply well-established mental and physical health standards—including those regarding the use of medical drugs—equally to all individuals who want to join and fight for the best military force the world has ever seen. The Secretary of Defense’s memorandum and accompanying report have been made public today.”

Many celebrities and politicians quickly took to Twitter following the news to speak out against Trump.

Trump first proposed banning transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military with a series of tweets in July 2017.

“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. 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,” he tweeted.

In October, a federal judge temporarily blocked the White House policy barring military service by transgender troops, ruling that it was based on “disapproval of transgender people generally,” according to TIME.

It was halted for the fourth time in December when a federal judge in Los Angeles halted Trump’s attempt to ban transgender individuals from military service.