When asked if the militaries of the United Kingdom, Australia and Israel - allies the United States frequently works with that allow transgender service members - have experienced these problems, Sanders said she was only focused on the United States. But he said that after consulting with "my Generals and military experts", the government "will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military".
A 2016 RAND Corporation study found that there are about 2,500 transgender people out of 1.3 million active duty service members, and 1,500 out of 825,000 in the reserves (the upper end of estimates are 7,000 and 4,000 respectively).
The White House's new communications director Anthony Scaramucci has been publicly feuding with chief of staff Reince Priebus, and White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to say Thursday whether President Trump has full confidence in his chief of staff.
"I'm honestly heartbroken and I want people to know that this is wrong", he said. Ms Huckabee Sanders laughed and responded: "Dylan, I'm not sure but I know it's a lot". Former Defense Secretary Ashton Carter implemented it last year after a year-long review.
The White House press briefing on Wednesday began with a new twist, but featured a familiar challenge for President Trump's surrogates: explaining his decisions on short notice.
For Sanders, being the mom of three small children lends itself to a point of view not often heard from a briefing room podium.
"Guys, I don't have anything more to add on that topic". Dylan had so many "questions" for the "president", like "How much monny do you have?"
But if you read closely, the letter revealed that there's interest even among 9-year-old Trump superfans for the president's tax returns.
I'm happy to say that I directly spoke to the President, Dylan, and he would be more than happy to be your friend.
The briefing follows a series of tweets from President Trump about completely removing and barring transgenders from the military, reversing a policy by the Obama administration since past year to allow transgender service members to serve openly in the military.