Military

Scoop: Trump administration opposes military intervention in Iran

Illustration of Mike pompeo holding a tank
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

In a closed-door meeting with Iranian-American community leaders last Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Trump administration is "not going to do a military exercise inside Iran" to expedite a regime change, according to three sources who were in the room, including one who took detailed contemporaneous notes and shared them with me.

Pompeo also sought to distance the Trump administration from a controversial Iranian resistance group that has welcomed John Bolton and Rudy Giuliani as speakers in a private capacity.

Naval Academy to ban transgender students starting next year

U.S. Naval Academy graduates.
U.S. Naval Academy graduates. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The U.S. Naval Academy confirmed to the Capital Gazette this week that it will prohibit transgender students from enrolling in the 2020-2021 school year and beyond, following a Trump administration policy that went into effect last week, banning transgender military personnel.

Details: The school, located in Annapolis, Maryland, currently accepts transgender students and has retained midshipmen who intended to transition over the course of their education. This has fallen under an Obama-era policy that allowed them to serve in the military openly and cover gender affirmation surgery expenses. President Trump rolled back the 2016 policy, forbidding new military recruits from transitioning and allowing the military to discharge those currently serving if they do not present as their birth gender.

Go deeper: Everything you need to know about the transgender military ban