Over 100 Democratic congresspeople have signed a letter addressed to SecDef James Mattis requesting all communication between the Pentagon and the White House that resulted in Trump twittering his ban on military service by transgender people.
Trump claimed at the time that his position was established "after consultation with my Generals and military experts," which was an apparently a total surprise to the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft and many other military experts of note.
If senior military or Department of Defense personnel asked that the president ban transgender individuals from military service, we request access to any letters, e-mails, telephone transcripts, meeting logs and minutes, or other materials that document such requests.
If the department has records of any other discussions that might have justified the president’s claim, we request to see those materials, as well.
The Democrats wrote in their letter that they are asking for the materials to determine whether there is active policy coordination between the Pentagon and the White House, or whether there was a breakdown in communication.
As you know, clear communication between the White House and the Pentagon is essential to our nation’s security.
The letter was orbanized by Rep. A. Donald McEachin (D-VA)
We seek information to discover the proof of where and when the Pentagon advised the president that this was the best idea for our country.
If there is proof then we can evaluate that; if there is no proof, then the president lied to the American people once again.