Sir, not so fast, Sir

Subtext: Yet again Trump shot off his mouth on Twitter as if he were three years old and having a meltdown at the supermarket checkout because he wants the candy bar HE WANTS IT WAAAAAAAH. Literal text: no change unless and until the White House talks to the Defense Department by a more reliable and discreet channel than fucking Twitter.

The nation’s highest-ranking military officer said Thursday that the Defense Department was making “no modifications” to current policy regarding transgender service members until President Trump gives more direction.

“I know there are questions about yesterday’s announcement on the transgender policy by the President,” Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford said in a statement. “There will be no modifications to the current policy until the President’s direction has been received by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary has issued implementation guidance.”

Which hasn’t happened yet because no oddly enough just blurting about it on Twitter does not equate to the President’s sending direction to the Secretary of Defense, no even though Toddler Donald did say very official-like “please be advised.”

“In the meantime, we will continue to treat all of our personnel with respect,” he added. “As importantly, given the current fight and the challenges we face, we will all remain focused on accomplishing our assigned missions.”

Sort of admits that in future they might stop treating all of their personnel with respect, if Toddle Donald orders them to.

The Department of Defense echoed that message, saying it was “awaiting formal guidance from the White House,” according to a statement by chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White. “We will provide detailed guidance to the Department in the near future for how this policy change will be implemented.”

Subtext: Mr President, Sir, with all due respect, you fucking fool, TALK TO US BEFORE YOU ANNOUNCE A NEW RULE FOR THE MILITARY ON FUCKING TWITTER.

In a press briefing on Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the White House and the Pentagon would work together to implement the policy, with the Defense Department taking “the lead.”

But the statement from Dunford pushes back on that idea — and instead indicates the Pentagon is waiting for guidance from Trump.

Guidance from an enraged toddler. What a world we live in.

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