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Donald Trump speaks to reporters following his teleconference
with troops from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla.,
Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018.

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  • The Trump administration on Friday asked the Supreme Court to
    consider the president’s efforts to bar transgender people from
    serving in the US military. 
  • The Justice Department wants the Supreme Court to
    consider the ban in the current term, meaning a decision would
    be set for June 2019.
  • This would require bypassing the normal judicial
    process, as the Justice Department is essentially asking
    justices to review the cases before appeals courts have had
    an opportunity to rule on the issue. 

  • Trump’s repeated attempts to implement his transgender
    military ban have been widely condemned as inherently
    discriminatory. 

The Trump administration on Friday asked the Supreme Court to
consider the president’s efforts to bar transgender people from
serving in the US military. 

Solicitor General Noel J. Francisco called on the justices
to
take up three cases challenging the ban
, which aims to
reverse Obama-era policy allowing transgender people to openly
serve and receive funding for sex reassignment
surgery. 

The Trump administration wants the Supreme Court to
consider the ban in the current term, meaning a decision would be
set for June 2019. This would require bypassing the normal
judicial process, as the Justice Department is essentially asking
justices to review the cases before appeals courts have had an
opportunity to rule on the issue. 

Francisco in
Friday’s filing
decried rulings from federal judges
preventing the ban from being implemented.

“The decisions imposing those injunctions are wrong, and
they warrant this Court’s immediate review,” Francisco
wrote.


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Trump tells the Pentagon to declare an indefinite ban on
transgender military recruits

The solicitor general reiterated past claims from the Trump
administration on the matter, contending the ban would bolster
the US military’s effectiveness and preparedness. 

“In my professional judgment, these policies will place the
Department of Defense in the strongest position to protect the
American people, to fight and win America’s wars, and to ensure
the survival and success of our Service members around the
world,” he added. 

A
2016 study from RAND Corporation
, which was requested by the
Defense Department, found allowing transgender people to serve in
the military has a  “minimal impact on readiness and
health care costs,” contradicting assertions from the Trump
administration to the contrary. 

Trump’s repeated attempts to implement his transgender
military ban have been widely condemned, with critics
describing the move as inherently discriminatory.

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