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Mattis recommends letting transgender people serve in military, in break from Trump

US generals would love it!’ Trump vows to hold ‘reasonably’ cheap parade with ‘lots of flyovers Mattis recommends letting transgender people serve in military, in break from Trump
Jay Anderson | 25 February, 2018, 00:34

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with his new National Security Adviser Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster after making the announcement at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida U.S. February 20, 2017. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity.

Trump has directed the Pentagon to plan the parade for November 11 - the federal holiday celebrating the nation's war veterans, according to a White House memo obtained by Politico.

Since then, many have rallied to the defense of the transgender troops, including two senior Republican senators, John McCain of Arizona, who is a former P.O.W., and Orrin Hatch of Utah, plus a group of 56 retired generals and admirals. They have also convinced Trump of the importance of global alliances, particularly North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which he has criticized as not equally sharing its burdens with the United States.

All officials quoted added that, as in the case of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose departures have been rumored to be iminent at one point, the tensions could yet blow over.

Rumors of bad blood between Trump and McMaster have plagued the national security adviser's tenure from the beginning, when he took over from Mike Flynn-the president's first pick for the job, whom he reportedly regrets having fired.

Both aides have fallen foul of Trump's impetuous management style and have grown frustrated at his public insults, the officials told Reuters.




McMaster said evidence of russian meddling is now "incontrovertible".

Some officials have told CNN that the Pentagon may be looking to identify a slot that is not too high profile, because McMaster would be transitioning back to the military from a White House position akin to a political appointee.

It was Kelly who sacked Anthony "The Mooch" Scaramucci after his tumultuous 10 days as communications director. McMaster, 55, previously served as deputy commander there.Although he has been supportive of Trump on many issues, including threatening North Korea with military action, McMaster has taken a harder stance on Russian Federation than his boss. Staffers whose interim clearances have been pending since June would have them revoked on Friday.

McMaster's support for Kelly on the security clearance issue is only his latest difference with Trump.

It says that Trump wants Mattis to brief him on "concepts of operation for this event".

Over the summer, the Pentagon was caught by surprise when the president tweeted that transgender people were no longer welcome in the military "in any capacity".

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