Early in August 2017 President Donald Trump made a startling announcement that transgender people were no longer welcome in the military "in any capacity," catching Pentagon Off-guard. 

And his next steps are still rather unclear. 

A Pentagon spokesman said Monday the Defense Department still had not received any written notice fro the White House. 

"We are waiting on the president's direction," Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said later in the day, during an impromput press conference at the Pentagon.