Trump Signs Order Officially Banning Transgender Americans From The Military

President Trump has signed a presidential memo on Friday officially directing the Defense Department to stop accepting transgender Americans to enlist in the military, according to multiple reports.

The memo details Trump’s abrupt Twitter announcement last month that he would reimplement a ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military, and officially directs the Pentagon to begin implementing his ban.

The Military Times reported that Trump’s memo bars transgender people from enlisting, but instructs Secretary of Defense James Mattis to further explore how to handle transgender people currently serving in the armed forces.

The memo orders the Pentagon to stop paying for gender reassignment surgeries, reports The Hill.