The president is known for doing whatever comes to his tiny little mind on a whim, without even thinking of the consequences of his actions. He has violated more ethics rules than any other president in the history of American government, and seemingly doesn’t really care what the rules are and why they are there.
Now, he’s in hot water again over something he did Wednesday while visiting troops in Iraq, but in his defense, his ego wouldn’t allow him to stop acting like a celebrity handing out autographs. Literally.
The president was handing out his signature MAGA hats to troops too starstruck to laugh in his face, as most in the nation would do. Maybe they don’t get as much TV time as The Donald, and therefore, have no idea what he’s been up to while they’re hard at work.
Barbara Starr is a Pentagon correspondent. She says Trump’s signing of the hats violates Defense Department rules set in place. Starr said this:
“What commander allowed that to really happen? This is very much against military policy and regulation. Troops are not supposed to be involved in political activities, the U.S. military is not a political force.”
She has a point.
“The sayings ‘Trump 2020’ and ‘Make America Great Again’ are political slogans of a Trump campaign, they are not governmental sayings, to say the least.”
The policy in question states the following:
“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.”
Retired Rear Admiral John Kirby had this to say about the ridiculousness:
“It is in fact a campaign slogan, that is a campaign item, and it is completely inappropriate for the troops to do this. Every time he’s around military audiences, he tends to politicize it, and he brings in complaints and grievances from outside the realm of military policy.”