‘Mad Dog’ Mattis Turns On Trump – Shockwaves Through White House

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JUST IN: Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis appears to have turned on President Donald Trump over a controversial matter regarding transgender individuals who wish to serve in the U.S. military.

Western Journalism reported that a senior U.S. official said that Mattis recommended that Trump allow transgender individuals to serve in the armed forces so long as they can deploy overseas. Though Mattis’ recommendation goes against Trump’s outright ban, a recently issued policy from the retired Marine Corps general says that troops will be kicked out of the military if they are unable to deploy for 12 months.

“We’ve come out with a policy that if you’re not deployable for a year or more you’re going to have to go somewhere else,” Mattis said to reporters.

Government officials explained that the implementation of this new policy is part of why Mattis wants to let transgender people serve. Last summer, Trump posted a series of tweets announcing that transgender individuals would not be allowed to serve in any branch of the U.S. military.

 

A federal court later blocked this by ruling that the transgender ban was unlawful. A government official told reporters that Mattis’ recommendations will abide by court decisions.

The Conservative Action Project released a statement in support of Trump’s stance earlier this month that was signed 137 organization leaders and individuals, 46 of whom were high-ranking military veterans. The Center for Military Readiness wrote that the numerous roadblocks Trump has faced as he attempts to implement the transgender ban represent a major concern.

“Under Article III of the U.S. Constitution, federal judges have no power to run the military,” the group wrote. “That authority belongs to the elected branches of government: Congress (Article I) and the Executive (Article II).”

“As with all national security matters, the issue here is not the transgender policy alone, but who gets to decide what the military’s policy will be. Federal judges in black robes should not be allowed to decide military enlistment requirements,” the group continued.

The organization is also worried about the preexisting Obama-era mandates that force doctors, military leaders and nurses to comply with procedures that many deem unethical.

“Under court orders, the Defense Department must continue to subsidize controversial hormone therapies and possible surgeries that do not mitigate underlying psychological problems, including high risks of suicide,” the organization stated. “Persons attempting to change their gender — which is scientifically impossible — must be granted lengthy leave for months at a time for hormone treatments and ‘real life experience’ (RLE) as a person of the opposite sex.”

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H/T maxireport

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