Mil­i­tary scram­bles for trans­gen­der pol­icy af­ter Trump tweets

Cape Breton Post - - World -

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s tweets declar­ing trans­gen­der peo­ple un­wel­come in his mil­i­tary have plunged the Pen­tagon into a le­gal and moral quag­mire.

A flurry of meet­ings has taken place in re­cent days, the start of an ef­fort to de­vise a new pol­icy. The re­sult could be hun­dreds of ser­vice mem­bers be­ing dis­charged. Adm. Paul Zukunft, the Coast Guard com­man­dant, says a team of mil­i­tary lawyers has been pulled to­gether to deal with the mat­ter. Th­ese lawyers are work­ing with the White House to flush out some of the is­sues. They’re bol­stered by a Pen­tagon work­ing group that had ini­tially been set up to ad­vance the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s yearold re­peal of a trans­gen­der ban.

Now, they must deal with what­ever new post-tweet pol­icy emerges.

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