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Defense Secretary Mattis Contradicts Trump After President Threatens North Korea

Defense Secretary Mattis Contradicts Trump After President Threatens North Korea

As of last Friday, however, President Trump issued a memo to Secretary of Defense General James Mattis to sort out the best plan of action to removing trans service people from the military, leading many to believe that their time had come. It continued, "Mattis did not reverse Trump or defy him on the broader ban against new recruits who are transgender people".

Mattis says he'll convene the panel from the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, with the goal of promoting "military readiness, lethality, and unit cohesion" - while also following legal and budgetary constraints.

As part of the implementation plan, the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, shall determine how to address transgender individuals now serving in the United States military. Section 1 (b) refers to the official rollback on transgender service members.

"The Trump administration has provided no evidence that this pronouncement was based on an analysis of the actual cost and disruption allegedly caused by allowing men and women who are transgender to serve openly", ACLU lawyers said. Advocates have said the number is higher - up to 15,000 people.

Now, with Mattis' directive in hand, the Pentagon has six months to prepare before the ban is implemented. The latter includes the Coast Guard, which is also covered by the policy.

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In his tweet, Trump said the reason behind the ban was due to the military's inability to cover the medical expenses of transgender soldiers, but banning them could cost the US $960 million, according to NBC News. In a landmark moment for the LGBTQ community, transgender service members were encouraged to be open about their gender identities while serving, without the fear of discharge.

Three lawsuits have been filed challenging Trump's ban.

There is a proviso that the "Secretary of Defense, after consulting with the Secretary of Homeland Security, may advise me at any time, in writing, that a change to this policy is warranted".

According to #USA Today, United States Secretary of State James Mattis said that he would convene a council of experts to study the effects of banning transgenders from serving in the U.S. military, and suggest a way forward on the best course of action for the army's battle effectiveness resulting in victory during a war. But their status was thrown into jeopardy after Trump called for a total ban.

When asked on Friday how much had been spent on transgender-related medical procedures over the previous year, a senior USA official referred questions to the Pentagon.

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