President Trump is preparing to give the Defense Department formal authority to dismiss transgender troops, a person familiar with the directive said.
The president’s bid to be a peacemaker between Qatar and neighbors, and a daylong effort to express sympathy to Iran, show the region’s complexities.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said President Trump’s decision to give the military more latitude had put greater pressure on militants in Syria, Yemen and Somalia.
Staff members are struggling to make policy to fit the president’s Twitter posts, and the council’s leader, Michael T. Flynn, is facing an inquiry into his communications with Russia.
He is proving to be less of a radical than either his campaign statements or his tempestuous early phone calls with foreign leaders would suggest.