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 TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' 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.