Admiral Paul Zukunft, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, made headlines yesterday afternoon after saying he would not ‘break faith’ with the Coast Guard’s openly transgender service members.

Immediately, many questioned whether the leader of one of the country’s five armed services was openly flouting the commander-in-chief’s wishes. Last Wednesday morning, President Trump surprised seemingly everyone in the country with a series of Tweets expressing his decision to ban transgender Americans from serving in the armed forces.

Trump’s tweets said that there would be no place in the military for transgender service members to serve ‘in any capacity.’ This comes a year after the Department of Defense, and through its affiliation as a member of the armed forces, the Coast Guard, implemented a policy that would allow current military members who are transgender to continue serving. If the Department of Defense were to move forward with a renewed ban on transgender members, despite being part of the Department of Homeland Security, the Coast Guard would follow suit.

Zukunft cited the example of one of 13 Coast Guard members who have been serving openly as transgender, an officer named Taylor Miller, who was featured recently in an article in the Washington Post. Zukunft said “If you read that story, Taylor’s family has disowned her. Her family is the United States Coast Guard. And I told Taylor, ‘I will not turn my back. We have made an investment in you, and you have made an investment in the Coast Guard, and I will not break faith.’”