THE “NEWS TEAM”(using that term lightly), THAT STOLE CHRISTMAS:
CNN just can’t stop with their hateful rhetoric. CNN has stooped to a new low even for them. They are now trying to get American soldiers, stationed in Iraq, in trouble for having the audacity to support our president. It kills them to know that soldiers were lining up with glee to get their signature red MAGA hats signed by the Commander-In-Chief Donald Trump.
CNN shows, once again, that they are more than willing to put their misplaced hatred for the president above any semblance of respect they would otherwise POTENTIALLY have for our nation. They sow seeds of deceit without so much as a second thought about it.
CNN is accusing U.S. troops stationed in Iraq of breaching protocol by having President Donald Trump sign “Make America Great Again” hats during the president’s official visit.
After attacking our president for being the “first president in 18 years” not to visit our troops overseas during Christmas, they would taken by surprise. Trump and first lady Melania departed late Christmas evening on a surprise visit to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq.
Prior to the trip, Trump had been criticized repeatedly by the media for not visiting a war zone during his time in office. NBC News was the first to prematurely accuse the president of skipping the presidential tradition of meeting with troops around Christmastime, writing shortly before the president’s unannounced visit to Iraq, “Trump becomes first president since 2002 not to visit troops at Christmastime.”
Being taken aback by his surprise visit, and in turn being unable to criticize Trump for visiting the troops, some news outlets turned their focus to the service members who received him.
CNN noticed that some of the troops carried “Make America Great Again” hats and asked the president to sign them. CNN repeatedly suggested, on Twitter and on air, that the troops had violated military rules by having the hats.
“Troops bringing President Trump ‘Make America Great Again’ hats to sign may have violated a military rule,” CNN tweeted Thursday.
CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta asked Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr and former Pentagon spokesman John Kirby on air if, in fact, the troops erred by having the hats and a “Trump 2020” sign.
“It is in fact a campaign slogan, it is a campaign item, and it’s completely inappropriate for them to do this,” Kirby said. “Not supposed to do this and I’m sure that their boss is seeing this and they’re not gonna be happy about it.”
Starr agreed, stating, “This is very much against military policy and regulation
CNN analyst and former FBI agent Josh Campbell then took it a step further and suggested the troops were guilty of misconduct and accused the president of using the troops as “political pawns” in photo ops.
Active duty members are prohibited from engaging in “partisan political activities.” Examples of prohibited activities include campaigning for a political candidate, soliciting contributions, and wearing a uniform to a partisan political event.
Geoffrey Ingersoll, a former Marine and The Daily Caller editor-in-chief, pointed out that the president is not currently a candidate for office and was not visiting for a campaign event.
Combat-wounded and retired Staff Sergeant Johnny Joey Jones also brushed off the idea that the troops could be disciplined for their behavior.
“Trump isn’t currently running for anything or against anyone. He’s a sitting president and MAGA is his fundamental policy idea,” Jones told TheDC. “I was active duty, in uniform, at the White House when Obama grabbed my dinner menu and signed it for me. I was active duty, working for the Republican HVAC when Obama signed my SOTU invitation.”
Jones added, “It was undisciplined and you wouldn’t see Marines acting that way, but it would be a steep hill with contradicting precedents to try and punish someone for it.”
Update: Trump’s Twitter response