Mattis to recommend Trump allow transgender troops stay in the military: report

Mattis to recommend Trump allow transgender troops stay in the military: report
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Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisTrump insulted UK's May, called Germany's Merkel 'stupid' in calls: report Mattis urges people to wear masks in PSA about 'nasty little virus' Dozens of GOP ex-national security officials to form group to back Biden: report MORE is expected to recommend to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSecret Service members who helped organize Pence Arizona trip test positive for COVID-19: report Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report MORE that he allow transgender troops to remain in the military. 

Mattis will reportedly voice his support for allowing transgender troops to remain in the U.S. military in a meeting with President Trump this week, officials with knowledge of the issue told The Washington Post

Mattis and Trump were scheduled to meet Wednesday, but the meeting was postponed. 

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Trump announced in a series of tweets last July that he would bar transgender individuals from serving in the military. He later issued a memo that barred the enlistment of new transgender recruits and prohibited the Defense Department from paying for gender affirmation surgery. 

The memo allowed for Mattis to determine how to deal with transgender service members already in the military.

Several courts have since blocked or partially blocked the ban, allowing the military to accept transgender recruits starting Jan. 1.

Mattis's recommendation on the issue was expected by Feb. 21. 

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said Thursday that Mattis will provide his recommendation to Trump this week. 

“This is a complex issue, and the secretary is taking his time to consider the information he has been given,” she said. “It’s an important issue, and, again, he sees all of his decisions through the lens of lethality. And as you said, it was a self-imposed deadline.”

Updated 4:55 p.m.