How Will Jim Mattis Handle Trump’s Ban on Trans Troops?

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Washington, D.C., has been especially sensitive to more signs of disloyalty from the president’s advisors ever since both the president’s chief economic advisor and his secretary of state very publicly and clearly broke ranks last week to criticize the president’s response to the violence in Charlottesville.

Some of that sensitivity has extended to the secretary of defense, Jim Mattis, and whether or not he was rebuking the president in an address to some troops overseas or when he held off on banning transgender troops for serving in the U.S. military pending a review.

With respect to the former, no, and with respect to the latter, yes—but not in the way that you think.

First off, the address Mattis gave to troops in Jordan