Conway on Whether Military Leaders Signed Off on Trump’s Transgender Ban: ‘I Can’t Answer That’


It has been nearly two weeks since President Donald Trump took to Twitter to announce a ban on transgender soldiers serving. It was reported at the time that Secretary of Defense James Mattis was blindsided by the announcement. Also, since there was no actual policy that was released, the chairman of joint chiefs stated that there would be “no modification” to the transgender policy right now.

During an appearance on ABC’s This Week, White House counselor was confronted about Trump’s tweets by host George Stephanopoulos as he wanted to know exactly which military leaders he consulted on his proposed policy.

And Conway had no direct answers.

At first, she said the Pentagon is a “big place” and if there are “five or ten people” there that aren’t aware of it, it doesn’t mean others weren’t consulted.

“I don’t know when everybody at the Pentagon found out but the president made clear what his policy is,” Conway added.

Stephanopoulos then attempted to get her to respond to whether Mattis and the military branch leaders were talked to on the policy before Trump tweeted about it.

“I can’t answer that because I wasn’t in the room when they discussed it with him and I’m certainly not on the National Security Council,” Conway said. She went on to state that Trump spoke to different generals about it — without naming any — before pivoting to criticism of former President Obama.

Watch the clip above, via ABC News.

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