CNN reported breathlessly on U.S. troops in Iraq supposedly violating official policy by asking President Donald Trump to sign their MAGA gear. They did their very best to make a “scandal” out of it.
However, U.S. Air Forces Europe (USAFE), issued a statement in response to the media reports — and it shuts CNN down in its tracks.
"There is no rule against Airmen bringing personal items to be signed by the president. Any time the commander in chief offers the opportunity to meet with Airmen, such as this official holiday visit by the President and First Lady, Airmen are welcome to participate,” the statement said.
It added: “No policy violations have been brought to our attention at this time.”
Military.com also reported that troops held the MAGA hats during the signing, but didn’t wear them while in uniform.
“The question is if they brought them or if the president brought them. What commander allowed that to really happen because this is very much against military policy and regulation,” one CNN reporter said. “Troops are not supposed to be involved in political activities."
CNN’s Jim Acosta also got in on the action, turning to former Obama official John Kirby to further speculate.
“It’s completely inappropriate for the troops to do this,” he said. “And I’m sure that their bosses seeing that, they’re not going to be happy about it.”
In an unsurprising twist, CNN got it wrong... AGAIN.
Maybe it had something to do with the fact that the troops greeted Trump like this:
"CNN will attack anyone who supports President Trump, including the brave men and women of our military who fight everyday to protect our freedom," White House press secretary tweeted on Thursday.
Better luck next time, CNN.