The US government will not accept or allow transgender people to serve in "any capacity in the US military", Donald Trump tweeted today.
The Pentagon lifted a long-standing ban on transgender men and women serving in the military a year ago, however a policy that allows transgender people to enlist has not yet been implemented - and never will be, according to Trump's announcement.
The US President kept the world in suspense after tweeting the first half of his message:
After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
Then waiting several minutes before adding the second part:
....Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
The reason behind the decision was revealed in a third tweet:
....victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
In June 2016, the same month the ban was first lifted, Trump tweeted his support for the LGBT community:
Thank you to the LGBT community! I will fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2016