President Donald Trump used crude language to describe gender reassignment surgery while considering the status of transgender troops, according to Bob Woodward's new book.
Trump made the remark at the beginning of his term, shortly before stunning his generics by announcing a plan to end an Obama-era policy that would have allowed transgender troops to join the military.
He made the comment to the former chief strategist of the White House Steve Bannon, according to Woodward's new bombing, entitled: "Fear". Bannon sympathized with conservative complaints that the government would be forced to pay for costly gender reassignment surgery, according to the account.
& # 39; What the fuck? They come here, they're being trimmed, "Trump told Bannon, in what Woodward described as a crude reference to the procedure, Trump thought the surgery would cost $ 250,000.
& # 39; What the fuck? They're coming here, they're cutting them, "Trump said, in a crude reference to sex reassignment surgery, according to Bob Woodward's new book.
"It's not going to happen," the president said, according to a copy of the book obtained by DailyMail.com.
The military went through a complex multi-agency process to develop options on the issue, but Trump quickly short-circuited it. They oscillated from maintaining the status quo to an absolute ban on the transgender service.
Trump ended up weighing about an hour before a planned meeting with Bannon, chief of staff Reince Priebus and a lawyer on the subject to weigh the options.
According to reports, the president made the comment to former chief strategist Steve Bannon, who complained that the government should not have to bear the costs
Trump's order short-circuited the normal channels, and Secretary of Defense James Mattis continued to order a review.
He ended up firing a series of tweets: "After consulting with my generals and military experts, keep in mind that the government of the United States will not accept or allow … transgender people to serve in any capacity in the US Army. Our army must focus on a decisive and overwhelming victory, and it can not bear the enormous medical costs and disruption that transgenesis in the military would entail.
The move surprised his Defense Secretary James Mattis. Mattis would eventually undermine the directive through delay and study.
"What do you think of my tweet?" The president asked Priebus after the fact.
"I think it would have been better if we had a decision memorandum, put Mattis in," Priebus told him, according to Woodward. The author noted that during the campaign, Trump expressed his support for LGBT issues. He also invoked the term in the election campaign.
Bannon then called Mattis to try to get support.
"These guys are coming to have a full surgery," Bannon said. "Are we supposed to pay for that?"
The policy resulted in a formal memorandum, which in turn was followed by lawsuits and precautionary measures.