Despite Trump tweets, military isn't taking action on transgender troops yet

Despite President Trump's Tweets, top military brass say America's armed forces will "not" take any action on transgender troops. At least, not yet.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WVEC) -- Despite President Trump's Tweets, top military brass say America's armed forces will "not" take any action on transgender troops, at least, not yet.

ABC News reports that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford released a written message to the heads of the military branches, as well as commanders and senior enlisted leaders.

In it, Dunford said:

"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."

Meaning, that for now anyway, the nations 1330 to 1600 transgender military members remain on the job.

A top leader for the Navy also weighed in, with Deputy Chief of Naval Operations Vice Admiral Robert Burke, saying his branch won't change its transgender policy until the White House provides further information.

According to an e-mail to flag officers obtained by 13News Now, Burke said:

"Until the Navy receives further guidance from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, no personnel action should be taken regarding transgender service members."

Burke went on to say, "Treating everyone with dignity and respect is something we expect from our Sailors at all times."

While General Dunford and Vice Admiral Burke's statements relieved some immediate fears from transgender service members, they did not answer the larger questions of how and when the Pentagon will eventually roll back the Obama-era policy of allowing transgender people to openly serve.  

Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Dana White also issued a statement today, stating in part:

"We will provide detailed guidance to the department in the near future for how this policy change will be implemented. The department will continue to focus on our mission of defending our nation and on-going operations against our foes, while ensuring all service members are treated with respect."

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