Trump officials to release new policy on transgender troops

Trump officials to release new policy on transgender troops
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The Trump administration is planning to release a new policy later this month on enlisting transgender individuals in the military, according to a Wednesday report from BuzzFeed News.

Justice Department lawyers told U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis they will be defending a new policy that will be revealed Feb. 21. That lines up with the date set in an August memo from President TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-ethics chief calls on Trump to end 'monstrous' migrant policies Laura Bush blasts Trump migrant policy as 'cruel' and 'immoral' US denies report of coalition airstrike on Syria MORE for the Defense Secretary to provide an implementation plan.

Last year, the administration issued a policy that would have barred the military from enlisting transgender individuals and prevented those already in the ranks from serving openly.

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But that policy is on hold after a number of challenges that are working their way through the courts. Garbis is overseeing one of those cases.

A Pentagon official confirmed to BuzzFeed that the "new policy" would come from the White House after Trump approves the secretary's recommendations. 

A federal court in November partially blocked Trump's ban, mandating that the administration allow openly transgender individuals to enlist starting on Jan. 1 in keeping with an order issued by former President Obama. 

The details of the new policy remain unclear.