The White House is reportedly ready to issue guidance to the Pentagon on the implementation of President Trump’s proposal to ban transgender people from serving in the military, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.
The Journal reports that a White House memo will direct the Defense Department on details related to Trump’s ban and will grant Defense Secretary James Mattis the power to consider a service member’s ability to deploy in deciding whether to remove them from the military.
Trump announced via Twitter last month that he would reinstate a ban on transgender military service that was lifted in 2016 under former President Barack Obama.
“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail,” Trump tweeted.
The Pentagon responded to Trump’s Twitter announcement by stating that its policies would not change until the White House issued new guidance.
A Rand Corp. study commissioned last year estimated that there are between 1,320 and 1,600 transgender people serving openly in the U.S. military.