President Donald Trump will need to ask Congress for almost $1 billion to fund the expulsion and replacement of active duty transgender service members, or squeeze what he claims is an already underfunded military to find the funds.
Mr Trump announced in a series of tweets last month that he would reverse a decision by his predecessor President Barack Obama to allow transgender people to serve openly in the USA armed forces.
"I've had great support from that community", Trump said.
"It's been a very confusing issue for the military, and I think I'm doing the military a great favour", President Trump said during a news conference in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Thursday.
The chief of the US Coast Guard, Admiral Paul Zukunft, has pledged not to "break faith" with his transgender service members. "And I think I'm doing a lot of people a favor by just coming out and saying it".More news: Mamata Banerjee to meet Sonia Gandhi, Oppn leaders
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"As you know, it's been a very complicated issue for the military", he said.
In the two weeks since Trump's tweets, the White House has still not provided the Pentagon with clear directives on how it should implement a transgender ban, so the current policy remains in place for now. "I think I have great support - or I've had - great support from that community". The lawsuit makes this claim based on "information and belief". He also said transgender personnel made it harder for the military to focus on "decisive and overwhelming victory".
The Associated Press reported last week that a number of military lawyers have been assembled to work with the White House to "flesh out some of the issues" associated with Trump's desired transgender ban.
In short, President Trump doesn't know the first thing about this policy he tweeted one morning two weeks ago, barely hours after likely learning his former campaign chairman's home had just been searched by the Federal Bureau of Investigation under a no-knock warrant.
The Obama administration ended the ban on transgender service members in 2016, and many have come out and serve openly. "The shifting of CO time would have been a real detriment to military effectiveness".