Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has postponed President Trump’s armed forces transgender ban and is awaiting the decision of a small council that will determine if transgender service will hinder the military’s productivity.
During this time, he has advised the thousands of transgender individuals currently within the armed forces to continue their service while the situation is further evaluated.
This development is a result of the President’s condemnation of transgender service in “any capacity in the U.S. military” in a trio of tweets that grossed over 45,000 retweets 137,000 likes on July 26th, 2017.
The President’s concerns included “tremendous medical costs” and perceived “disruption”.
He later followed his social media message by directing the Pentagon to ban transgender troops from military service last Friday.