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AP Tweet Wrongly Claims Pentagon Defying Trump on Transgender Ban

The Associated Press wrongly tweeted Monday that the Pentagon was defying President Trump with its decision to allow transgender individuals to serve in the military beginning Jan.1.

The tweet refers to a decision by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, who declined to lift an injunction she issued in October delaying the implementation of the transgender ban.

The Trump administration had argued it needed more time to prepare to process new transgender recruits.

The Pentagon was following a court order, not acting in defiance of Trump.

Others in the media took the AP at its word and retweeted the inaccurate tweet.

Others with more legal knowledge called out the AP for the tweet.

The AP has let the tweet stand.