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After Trump tweets, top US general says no changes to transgender policy yet

The Obama administration had opened up the US military to transgender people in July 2016.

world Updated: Jul 27, 2017 20:57 IST
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joseph Dunford arrives to speak at the Newsmaker Luncheon in Washington, DC, June 19, 2017.
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joseph Dunford arrives to speak at the Newsmaker Luncheon in Washington, DC, June 19, 2017. (AFP)

General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a written message on Thursday to military leaders that there has been no change yet to the military’s policy on transgender personnel, despite plans for a ban announced by President Donald Trump.

“There will be no modifications to the current policy until the President’s direction has been received by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary has issued implementation guidance,” Dunford said in the written message to service chiefs, commanders and senior enlisted leaders, seen by Reuters.

“In the meantime, we will continue to treat all of our personnel with respect. As importantly, given the current fight and the challenges we face, we will all remain focused on accomplishing our assigned missions.”