Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced on Tuesday that transgender troops will be allowed to continue serving in the military pending the results of a study by experts.
The announcement follows an order from President Trump on Friday directing the Pentagon to indefinitely extend a ban on transgender individuals serving in the military, which was lifted under Barack Obama. The order also affects the Department of Homeland Security, which houses the Coast Guard. The order would also stop the use of government funds for sex-reassignment surgery for active personnel.
President Trump gave Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to decide the matter of openly transgender individuals already serving, and he said that until the Pentagon chief makes that decision, “no action may be taken against” them.
Many media critics are trying to label Mattis’ actions as a sign of defiance against Trump, while others say the review of the policy is necessary.
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