Trump rules out talks with NKorea; Mattis says still room for

by Abel Hampton August 31, 2017, 5:21
Trump rules out talks with NKorea; Mattis says still room for

While we can be outraged, appalled and feel disheartened by this most blatant attack upon the transgender community, t one that clearly harms and disrespects the thousands of patriotic transgender military personnel who have put their lives on the line for the safety and security of our country, it is also very important that we speak out against this policy- to our friends, to our family members, to our colleagues who assured us that we had nothing to fear from this presidential administration.

But the memorandum gave Mattis discretion on how to handle transgender people already serving in the military.

"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.

Numerous headlines and reports on August 29 suggested that Mattis had paused Trump's transgender military ban, framing the situation as if Mattis was defying Trump's orders. "Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and can not be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail".

"The department will carry out the president's policy direction, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security", Mattis wrote. Ford continued, "Mattis' statement says that the military will implement the order exactly as directed". The memorandum explained that up until last July, the USA military's policy was to not allow transgender individuals to openly serve.

"Once the panel reports its recommendations and following my consultation with the secretary of Homeland Security, I will provide my advice to the president concerning implementation of his policy direction", Mattis said in the statement.

"Our focus must always be on what is best for the military's combat effectiveness leading to victory on the battlefield".

"No", Mattis told reporters when he was asked about Trump's tweet in this regard during a welcome ceremony for his South Korean counterpart at the Pentagon. Mattis postponed that deadline in June, and Trump tweeted about his plans in late July.

The presidential memorandum signed on August 25 by Trump, also bans the Department of Defense from using its resources to provide medical treatment to transgender individuals now serving in the military.

On hearing Mattis' implementation directive, social conservative leaders signaled immediately that any effort by the DoD brass to water down or jettison Trump's policy barring "transgender" service will be met with fierce opposition.

Gay and lesbian troops have been able to serve openly in the USA military since 2011; transgender service members were allowed to do the same in 2016, through an order from then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter.


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