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 MattisThe Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Trump's pick to lead Pentagon glides through confirmation hearing Overnight Defense: Highlights from Defense pick's confirmation hearing | Esper spars with Warren over ethics | Sidesteps questions on Mattis vs. Trump | Trump says he won't sell F-35s to Turkey MORE is expected to recommend to President TrumpDonald John TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist 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.