Trump’s Trans Ban Now Policy
President Donald Trump may be on a 17- day vacation but his White House has been scrambling to hand him a “win” by the time he returns. Trump’s tweets last week announcing a ban on transgender individuals serving openly in the U.S. military was turned into a “guidance” policy for implementation that passed muster with the White House Counsel’s office Friday night. Approved by Trump, the new policy is expected to be now delivered into the hands of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who has been quiet on the issue with approximately 15,000 trans servicemembers under his command.
After his review, Mattis is expected to order a deliberate implementation by the Pentagon, which could take a period of time. (On August 5, The Los Angeles Blade reports on further actions taken)
Though the policy—called “A Guidance Policy for Open Transgender Service Phase Out”—has not yet been made public, sources familiar with the planning said it would encourage early retirement, usher out any enlisted personnel after their contract is up, and would fire trans officers up for promotion. Basically, said a source, “the administration want to get rid of transgender servicemembers as fast as they can.”
These fucking people. Trump wants to free up four million for his wall, Pence wants to kick LGBTQ folk out of the military, and while Mattis may be better than both, we can’t trust him to just do the right thing. The Trump regime is desperate for a win, and they’ll fuck over loyal soldiers and fuck up the American military to achieve it.