The U.S. military has signed up its first mentally ill transgender recruit at the same time the Pentagon is ignoring an order from its own commander in chief.
The Military Times reports that Defense Secretary James Mattis has made his official recommendation to President Donald Trump over transgenders, which counters the President's announcement eight months ago that he was ending an Obama-era policy announced in 2016.
The official policy is expected to be announced March 23, The Washington Times has reported.
The Times, meanwhile, reported in a Feb. 26 story that the Pentagon confirmed it has recruited a transgender person but refused to elaborate on the sex of the person or which branch accepted the recruit.
Last summer, President Trump reportedly surprised the Pentagon with a tweet that stated the U.S. armed forces "will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military."
He also directed Mattis to review the current policy and report back to him in February.
Military analyst Bob Maginnis of the Family Research Council says Mattis has followed the recommendation of a review panel led by a liberal Obama holdover, one of many who have remained from the previous administration, he says.
Just weeks after Trump's announcement, a OneNewsNow story reported there was concern about an Obama holdover, Anthony Kurta, pushing a homosexual-rights agenda at the Pentagon.
"They never should have been allowed to stay past day one of the Trump administration and that's something Mr. Trump has to deal with," Maginnis, a retired U.S. Army colonel, tells OneNewsNow.
A second problem, says Maginnis, is that Mattis maintains a progressive view on social issues.
Mattis, a retired Marine Corps general, is known for his no-nonsense views on combat and war, so Maginnis says it's disappointing to watch the respected Marine veteran state that he supports transgenders in uniform yet wants to improve the lethality of the U.S. armed forces after eight years of the Obama administration.
"I understand we need a lethal force, and I endorse that particular viewpoint," says Maginnis, "but I don't see how they can draw the conclusion without having seen some pretty compelling evidence. And I don't think that evidence exists except in the minds of those who are advocating for the radical change of policy."
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