Details of military transgender policy being worked out: White House

President Donald Trump's decision Wednesday to bar transgender Americans from the military exclusively affects the nation's armed services and does not go back on his commitment to the LGBTQ community, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. ABC reporter Jonathan Karl asked.

While the decision has sparked outrage from gay and transgender rights groups, Sanders denied that the decision contradicted Trump's campaign pledge to protect members of the LGBT community.

Politico reported Wednesday Trump may have been seeking to end a congressional budget fight over paying for sex-reassignment surgery for service members, which threatens funding for the wall on the Mexican border.

Basically, it says the Department of Defense has no idea what the Commander-in-Chief is talking about, they were not consulted on this new policy and are wholly unprepared to discharge an estimated 10,000 active duty honorably-serving service members, including some serving overseas in combat.

"I don't now why people don't like you".

"I'm not sure, but I know it's a lot", Sanders chuckled in reply.

A policy that has been in effect since past year with Transgender service members serving openly in the military, though former Defense Secretary Ash Carter gave a July 1 deadline to develop policies that allow those who are already transgender newly join the military, if they meet physical, medical and other standards, Fox reports. On Twitter Wednesday night, Scaramucci said his financial disclosure had leaked, though such disclosures are made publicly available, and said he would contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department to investigate, curiously tagging Priebus in the tweet and adding the hashtag "swamp". He's citing "tremendous medical costs and disruption". Former Defense Secretary Ashton Carter implemented it last year after a year-long review. The handful were selected by the White House Office of Correspondence from the tens of thousands that the president received daily and chosen to be representative of the sentiments expressed in all of the letters.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during the press briefing on July 26, 2017.

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For Sanders, being the mom of three small children lends itself to a point of view not often heard from a briefing room podium.

"Guys, I really don't have anything else to add on that topic", Sanders said.

"I like you so much", he wrote, noting that he had a President Trump-themed birthday party.

Sanders ended up taking more questions on the policy, but gave no substantive answers.

A nine-year-old boy has written a heartfelt letter to Donald Trump, calling him his favourite president and asking him to be his friend.

"Look, I think I've addressed this question when it comes to staffing and personnel many times, that if the president doesn't, then he'll make that decision".

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who just weeks ago delayed accepting new transgender service members into the armed services for six months until the issue of providing health care and services could be studied further, is on vacation this week, and it is unclear if he knew about president's announcement.

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