Trump signs directive banning transgender troops

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WASHINGTON -- (WTVY) President trump has signed a memorandum directing the military not to move forward with a plan to allow transgender individuals to join the service.
That's according to a senior White House official.
Friday's presidential memorandum also bans the Department of Defense from using its resources to provide medical treatment regimens for transgender individuals currently serving in the military, offering an uncertain future for transgender service members currently serving.
Trump also directed the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security "to determine how to address transgender individuals currently serving based on military effectiveness and lethality, unitary cohesion, budgetary constraints, applicable law, and all factors that may be relevant."
The White House official who briefed reporters Friday evening declined to say whether transgender troops would be allowed to remain in the military under those policy guidelines.
But the official signaled that the administration was returning to the military's pre-2016 policy under which no transgender individuals were allowed to serve openly in the armed forces.