CNN attacked President Donald Trump on Wednesday and claimed he violated “military rules” by signing “Make America Great Again” hats for U.S. troopsHowever, they remained suspiciously silent when former President Barack Obama did the same thing when visiting troops abroad on multiple occasions.
President Donald Trump made his first visit to a war zone on Wednesday, receiving an enthusiastic reception from many US troops there — some of whom may have run afoul of military rules.
Video footage and the written report of Trump’s visit with service members in Iraq showed the President signing “Make America Great Again” hats and an embroidered patch that read “Trump 2020.”
But troops’ requests for the autographs could brush up against Department of Defense guidelines for political activities.
Those guidelines say 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.”
What CNN conveniently left out of their hit piece was this section of the guidelines.
“Active duty members may, however, express their personal opinions on political candidates and issues, make monetary contributions to a political campaign or organization, and attend political events as a spectator when not in uniform.”
Some think it may be because Obama did the same thing and there are photos out there to confirm it.
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Like clockwork, not long after CNN’s story emerged, social media erupted with photos of Obama doing the same thing while president and even as a candidate.
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Another user tweeted the same photo, saying, “DEAR CNN. .. we have this new invention called photography. Below is a picture of Obama signing a military troop’s hat. Care to comment, enemy of the people?”
In this AP photo released in July of 2008, then-presidential candidate Obama signed memorabilia for service members at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, during a Congressional Delegation visit.
Many others have emerged and more are expected to follow.
According to the Gateway Pundit, even former First Lady Michelle Obama signed photos and gear at Fort Stewart during a visit with her husband at Fort Stewart in April 2012.