On Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted that transgender individuals will not be allowed to serve in the U.S. military “in any capacity.”
Transgender service members have been able to serve openly in the military since last year, when former Defense Secretary Ash Carter ended the ban.
Military chiefs recently announced a delay on allowing transgender people from enlisting. But transgender troops are already serving openly in the military.
Unofficial estimates say 7,000 transgender people are currently serving.
The Pentagon, which appeared to be caught off-guard by Trump’s tweets, is referring all questions to the White House.
A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, said in a brief written statement that the Pentagon is working with the White House to “address” what he calls “the new guidance” from the president on transgender individuals serving in the military.
Davis said the Pentagon will provide revised guidance to Defense Department officials “in the near future.”