The White House released a memo Friday night banning most transgender troops from serving in the military. The action by President Trump is a follow-up to his tweets last year where he announced that he wanted to prohibit transgender individuals from military service. This is clearly a political move designed to appease his right-wing supporters.
Sen. John McCain told reporters that his committee is working on accepting a bipartisan amendment that would prevent Trump from banning transgender persons from the military.
Sens. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have teamed on an amendment to the NDAA that would protect transgender soldiers from Trump's bigoted attempts to kick them out of the military.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis appears to be dragging his feet and ignoring Trump's calls for a transgender military ban.
More than fifty House Democrats are calling on Defense Secretary James Mattis, and General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to not comply with Trump's call for a transgender military ban.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders couldn't answer questions about what happens to transgender members of the military who are currently serving in Afghanistan because President Trump made the policy up and tweeted with no planning or real policy.
Trump's announcement of a transgender military ban has gone over like a lead balloon among his fellow Republicans who are opening breaking with their president on the policy.