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Donald Trump announced on Twitter that “the United States government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the US military.” Trump cited “tremendous medical costs and disruption” as reasons.
Asked whether the tweets meant that thousands of transgender troops currently serving would be sent home, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders drew a blank, feeding the impression that the policy change was recklessly extemporized, a red herring, or both.