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The Wall Street Journal: Trump signs memo banning transgender people from joining military

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WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday outlined its new policy on handling transgender service members in the military, reinstating many restrictions that had been lifted last year but giving Defense Secretary Jim Mattis broad discretion on how to handle transgender troops currently serving.

The White House directed the Pentagon to deny admission to transgender individuals and stop using “government resources” — funds — for medical treatment for those already serving in the military.

The new policy, outlined in a call from senior administration officials late Friday, makes exceptions for those receiving medical care in some cases “to protect the health of the individual who has already begun treatment.

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