Trump signs bill to ban transgender military members
The Trump administration is signing a sweeping legislation that would bar transgender people from serving in the military and require the Pentagon to issue uniformed service members with gender-neutral pronouns.
The measure, which has been called the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest Act, or MAGI, was signed Thursday by President Donald Trump.
The White House announced that it was the first time the president has signed a major piece of legislation.
The legislation prohibits transgender people who are transgender from serving openly in the armed forces.
The bill, which is expected to pass in the Senate and the House of Representatives, would ban transgender people serving in uniform, which could affect about 8,000 active duty service members.
Trump has previously said he would sign the bill, but it was not immediately clear when he would do so.
It is not clear if the White House will have a formal proclamation of the bill’s passage.
The president’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, has been an outspoken advocate for transgender military service.
“He’s been in favor of this, and he’s been for it, and now he’s putting it into action,” said David Axelrod, who served as a senior adviser to President Barack Obama.
“It’s a huge, huge step forward for our country, and a big win for people who have been fighting for this for a long time,” Axelrod added.
Trump, who is expected on Friday to sign the House version of the legislation, told reporters that the bill “should be a no-brainer” for the White Trump.
“This is what America is supposed to be about, it’s not a joke,” Trump said.
“It’s what the American people expect of us.
And I think we should be doing it.”
The measure will be signed by Trump and will take effect Jan. 1.