President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that transgender individuals will not be allowed to serve in the military “in any capacity,” 100% Fed Up reports.
The president’s decision marks a significant reversal of a policy put in place in 2016 during the Obama administration, in which the Defense Department ended a longtime ban on transgender individuals from serving openly in the armed forces.
On Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted, “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,” the president continued.
Then defense secretary Ashton B. Carter opened all combat positions to women and named the first openly homosexual Army secretary.
Although the Pentagon initially approved the policy allowing transgender individuals to openly serve in the military, it was still under final review.
Last month, Defense Secretary James Mattis announced that he was delaying the plan’s implementation.