CNN wasted no time in trashing Trump for the unpardonable sin of visiting the troops over Christmas. Believe me, if they trash him for that nothing he does will ever be good enough.
But they didn’t stop there, CNN also went after our beloved troops and claimed they made some serious infractions for showing their support for Trump and got embarrassed for their shoddy reporting.
From Legal Insurrection: The Defense Department guidelines state that “active duty personnel may not engage in partisan political activities and all military personnel should avoid the inference that their political activities imply or appear to imply DoD sponsorship, approval, or endorsement of a political candidate, campaign, or cause.”
I have no idea why asking for the commander-in-chief’s autograph violates these rules. There is no election going on right now. The president did not bring the hats or the flags. The soldiers had them. The items belonged to the soldiers.
Retired Rear Admiral John Kirby and CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr explained:
“It is, in fact, a campaign slogan, that is a campaign item, and it’s completely inappropriate for the troops to do this,” Mr. Kirby said. “Not supposed to do this. And I’m sure their boss is seeing that. They’re not going to be happy about it.”
CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr called it “very much against military policy and regulation.”
“The pool reporters traveling said that the troops brought the hats with them, including one hat that said ‘Trump 2020,’” said Ms. Starr. “We will have to see if that actually proves to be the case. The question is, if they brought them or if the President brought them: What commander allowed that to really happen?”
Enter the truth, from Military.com: U.S. Air Forces Europe said troops holding “Make America Great Again” hats during President Donald Trump’s visit Thursday to Ramstein Air Base were not in violation of military rules that prohibit taking part in partisan activities while in uniform.
“There is no rule against Airmen bringing personal items to be signed by the president,” USAFE said in a statement.
More than 200 airmen greeted Trump on Thursday at a Ramstein Air Base aircraft hangar, where the president and first lady Melania Trump were greeted with cheers.
Trump posed for photos, shook hands and signed autographs with airmen during a scene that resembled photo-op visits of former commanders-in-chief in years past. But the public display by some uniformed troops, who held red “Make America Great Again” hats synonymous with Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, prompted widespread criticism on social media