Trump military transgender ban prompts protests

Protesters reportedly planned to swarm military recruiting centers in New York City on Wednesday in protest of President Trump's renewed ban on transgender people serving in the military.

According to The Associated Press, a crowd of at least several hundred people gathered at the U.S. Armed Forces recruitment station in Times Square to protest the president's surprise decision.

Another protest was scheduled in Washington on Wednesday night outside the White House.

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Trump announced that he was reinstating a ban on transgender service members in a Wednesday morning tweet, saying that the military cannot afford to be "burdened" by transgender people.

The move walks back former President Obama's decision last year allowing transgender people to serve openly in the military.

Trump's announcement reportedly surprised officials at the Pentagon, which referred all questions about the policy change to the White House.

The decision to reimplement the ban came two weeks after the House rejected a measure that sought to end the Obama-era policy requiring the Defense Department to pay for treatments related to service members' gender transitions.

— This post was updated at 9:48 p.m.