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Trump Says He's Barring Transgender People From The US Military

President Donald Trump said on Twitter the U.S. will not "allow or accept" any transgender people to serve openly in the military.
Posted at 11:41 AM, Jul 26, 2017

President Donald Trump said on Twitter the U.S. will not "accept or allow" transgender people "to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military."

Trump said in a series of tweets Wednesday he consulted with generals and military experts on the issue.

And he added the military should focus on "decisive and overwhelming victory" and not the "tremendous medical costs and disruption" he says transgender people would entail.

It didn't take long for critics to voice their frustration, calling the decision "an insult," "outrageous" and "a tragic betrayal."

Trump's announcement comes a little more than a year after then-Secretary of Defense Ash Carter lifted the ban on transgender people openly serving in the military.

The Pentagon was supposed to start letting transgender recruits enlist this year.

But last month, current Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he was delaying the new policy because he needed more time.

Transgender people already serve in the military, and it's not yet clear how Trump plans to enforce the new ban.