President Donald Trump has banned transgender people from serving in the US Military.
Trump has stated on Twitter that trans people, in any capacity, would be a 'burden' for the military, due to 'medical costs and disruption'.
He wrote: "After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.
"Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender (sic) in the military would entail. Thank you."
CNN have since reported that President Trump's Twitter announcement came as a surprise to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, including chairman General Joseph Dunford.
The news broadcaster reports to have seen a memo from General Dunford to military staff which indicated there would be no immediate change.
"In the meantime, we will continue to treat all of our personnel with respect," Dunford said, according to CNN. "As importantly, given the current fight and the challenges we face, we will all remain focused on accomplishing our assigned missions."
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