On July 26th, 2017, President Trump announced through a series of Tweets that transgender individuals will no longer be allowed to serve in the U.S. military.
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
In announcing the ban, President Trump claimed he was advised by “my generals,” but news reports indicated that the Pentagon was caught off guard by the tweets and was unprepared for the policy change — suggesting that the move was not in fact recommended by military leaders.
American Oversight is investigating what the DOD knew before this policy change was revealed to the public. We submitted a FOIA request seeking all documents and communications related to this decision, including any analyses or recommendations from any military personnel provided to the White House that could have influenced DOD’s policy regarding the service of transgender individuals in the U.S. military.
In August, President Trump issued a more formal directive banning transgender individuals from serving in the military, and as of September, the Pentagon had adopted interim guidance as it considered how to implement a longer-term policy to carry out the president’s order.