Without informing the Defense Department, the President* issued an official statement via Twitter this afternoon:
After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow……
(By the way, note the “my Generals”, as if they’re part of his army, not ours.)
It took a while for the next tweet to appear. According to Buzzfeed News:
At the Pentagon, the first of the three tweets raised fears that the president was getting ready to announce strikes on North Korea or some other military action. Many said they were left in suspense for nine minutes, the time between the first and second tweet. Only after the second tweet did military officials receive the news the president was announcing a personnel change on Twitter.
The suspense ended with his second message:
….Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming…..
What a relief that must have been at the Pentagon! It was only the Commander-in-Chief* making a stupid, bigoted announcement, not a personal declaration of war. The White House said later that the “details”, such as the decision’s effect on the 15,000 or more transgender individuals already serving in the military, are to be worked out later.
This is one reason we have the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.