Thousands of transgender people serving in the U.S. army face an uncertain future after Donald Trump said he would ban them from serving.
Trump made the announcement in a series of tweets, but offered no details on how they would be implemented. The move reverses President Obama's policy that loosened restrictions on transgender people to serve in the U.S. armed forces.
Thanks to Obama, transgender people have been allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military, receive medical care, and start formally changing their gender identity in the Pentagon's personnel system since October.
Trump consulted with “generals and military experts” on the sweeping policy, he said: “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. Thank you”, he tweeted.
When Trump became president quickly revoked protections for transgender school students, some months later he will ban transgender soldiers from U.S. army.