“I will lift this ridiculous order immediately!” Trump tweeted on Thursday evening.
A Navy spokesman referred questions to the White House on Thursday evening. Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman did not immediately return a request for comment.
A White House spokesman declined to comment.
Ash Carter, who was Secretary of Defense under former President Barack Obama, opened all combat specialties for women in 201
If Trump gets through it would mark the President’s most recent foray into Naval operations.
Trump has long urged the Navy to replace the electromagnetic launching systems on their new – and costly – aircraft carriers and to return to steam-powered catapults to fire fighters from carriers.
Last year, Trump restored the rank of Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher, who was acquitted in July 2019 for the murder of a prisoner in Iraq but was sentenced to pose for a photo with the body of the ISIS militant. Trump gave the order despite fears it would violate the military justice system and undermine good order in the ranks.
Then Naval Secretary Richard Spencer resigned in November for handling the problem.
Trump’s new order also comes amid mounting tensions between the White House and the Pentagon after the president reportedly labeled wounded and fallen troops as “losers” and “fools”, according to anonymous sources.
Lara Seligman contributed to this report.