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.
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 prematurely accused 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 unable to criticize Trump for visiting the troops, some news outlets turned their focus to the service members who received him.