Secretary Mattis Just Temporarily Halted Trump’s Transgender Ban for Those Serving


Defense Secretary Jim Mattis late Tuesday announced that transgender troops will be allowed to continue serving in the military pending the results of a study by experts.

Secretary Mattis has temporarily halted the President’s ban as written on transgender service in the military while the issue is studied. Secretary Mattis was given this latitude, but it gives the impression of countermanding an order by the President and it opens up the entire issue once again.

Allowing openly transgender troops who haven’t even had the surgery enlist and serve does affect other military personnel. Paying for their surgery does affect taxpayers and the military. Calling gender fluid people transgenders is a significant cultural change.

Mattis will have the net effect studied.

The announcement follows an order from President Trump — first announced in a tweet — declaring that transgender service members can no longer serve in the military, effectively reversing an Obama administration policy. The order also affects the Department of Homeland Security, which houses the Coast Guard.

It seems the President wants to simply revert to the rules prior to Barack Obama.

A panel will study the issue.

“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. “In the interim, current policy with respect to currently serving members will remain in place.”

The problem with this is it could be viewed as a countermand of an order.  The President might not like it.

At the same time, 143 congressmen asked Trump to not follow through on a transgender ban and lawsuits have been initiated to allow transgenders and their accommodations.

This follows Kirsten Gillibrand, Susan Collins and John McCain plotting to stall the transgender ban. They planned to add a transgender amendment to the defense act which is up for renewal. They want to go further and allow transgenders to continue to be admitted into the military.

Also out in the news today, former U.N. ambassador John Bolton says he is no longer allowed in to see the President. He was able to move freely in and out of the White House prior to General Kelly becoming chief of staff.

In fact Mr. Bolton wrote an article for the hill and for National Review Online outlining the need for a U.S. exit from the nuclear deal and a way to do it. That’s the only way he can get the President to see it but does the President get to see these articles?

McMaster will never allow the nuclear deal to be abandoned.

Iran isn’t following the nuclear deal but, just the same, every 90 days McMaster expects the President to sign off that Iran is following through. He’s about to sign off again.

If Trump is no longer in charge and these cabinet-level officials and neverTrumpers in congress are running the show, that is a problem.

We updated this article to reflect the fact it covers transgender people already in the service. We also removed most commentary.

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Dave Caillouet
Dave Caillouet
6 years ago

I got to call fake news on this. The SECDEF does NOT have the authority to override the President. Whoever wrote this garbage seems to be unaware of Article 1, Section 2 of the US Constitution, “The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; “

6 years ago

This is why you don’t have political hacks in the military. This idiot General is more concerned about his image in the public than those who are on the front lines. This has been an ongoing problem ever since Clinton stuck his dirty hands in the mess. The Pentagon is one big mess, and has been for quite some time. There needs to be some real oversight into the operation. There have been countless billions of dollars that are unaccounted for and nothing has been done to correct it.

Anyone who has seen the film “Full Metal Jacket” will see basic training as it once was, and that is what I went through. Now it’s more of a youth camp. Right after 9-11 they had shows of basic training for recruits and it left me flabbergasted. This wasn’t training. Nowadays you cannot even use bad words because the recruit may be offended; and you certainly cannot hit someone. Not so in my day. If a person messed up bad enough he would be knocked to the ground. On one occasion I saw recruits crying and the instructor did more to comfort them than scold them. If a person is going to be sent to a military conflict that person Has to be strong-willed to survive. It cannot be accomplished by babying recruits.

In all the wars and conflicts since Iraq, there has yet to be long prolonged battles that really put soldiers to the test, as was the case in WW2 and Vietnam. One unique instance was the case in the Iraqi airport where the troops were ambushed and had a hard fight. I have worried whether or not our current military can wage a campaign comparable to the many prolonged battles in previous wars.