NCLR’s Shannon Minter responded to the angle of a USA Today story reporting on Mattis’s statement:
The USA Today story is grossly misleading. Secretary Mattis did not make a decision to “buy time” or to “freeze” the current policy. The President’s August 25, 2017 Memorandum expressly provides that the new ban does not go into effect until March 23, 2018 and expressly states that no one can be discharged for being transgender in the meantime. There is nothing new at all here, and suggesting otherwise is terribly misleading.
If anything, this is Pissbaby realizing he stepped in it by announcing this on Twitter in his morning Twitter evacuation, and is trying to walk it back by punting it down the road when nobody notices.
While I fully expect Pissbaby to follow through, regardless of what the report they're waiting on says, I think it's equally possible that they quietly do nothing when it inevitably comes out in the report that this is a shit idea.
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