Military support for President Donald Trump is being criticized as “inappropriate” by commentators on CNN.
During Trump’s visit to Iraq, he was filmed signing hats with the “Make America Great Again” slogan on the front and embroidered patches that showed support for Trump 2020.
However, commentators on CNN claimed that this goes against military standards and proved that the president was politicizing the trip.
“Yeah, look, it kind of blurs the line because Trump is his slogan; where is that line?” retired Rear Adm. John Kirby said. “But Barb’s right. It is, in fact, a campaign slogan that is a campaign item, and it is completely inappropriate for the troops to do this.”
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders slammed the comments, saying the network was seeking a reason to criticize the president.
Many on Twitter agreed with Sanders, saying that it was taking the criticism too far:
The same would be true if it was Obama memorabilia, incidentally. You don't succeed if you chickenshit your troopers.
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) December 27, 2018
It was okay though when President Obama and Michelle went through and signed autographs for all the troops because you like the Obamas and you dont like Trump?
— Rod McCulloch (@ILPollster) December 27, 2018
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) December 27, 2018
The military rule in question states 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.”
However, this does not apply to personal belongings or campaign merchandise, which is what CNN was criticizing.