White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders weighs in after CNN suggested president Donald Trump signing ‘MAGA’ hats for troops “may have violated a military rule.”
She tweeted: “CNN will attack anyone who supports President Trump, including the brave men and women of our military who fight every day to protect our freedom”
CNN will attack anyone who supports President Trump, including the brave men and women of our military who fight everyday to protect our freedom https://t.co/x6VjuUJFdF
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) December 27, 2018
On Thursday, noting that CNN had targeted the American troops in Iraq who asked President Trump to sign their “Make America Great Again” hats or their embroidered patches reading “Trump 2020,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders fired back on Twitter: “CNN will attack anyone who supports President Trump, including the brave men and women of our military who fight everyday to protect our freedom.”
The network discussed whether the service members might have violated Department of Defense guidelines against partisan political activities, and later implied on its website that the troops had indeed violated the rules. But CNN left out a key part of the guidelines when they quoted them …
CNN noted that the Department of Defense guidelines state: “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.”
But CNN left out from 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.”
Sanders has never been shy about going after CNN when she felt the network had acted inappropriately. In late November 2017, after CNN told Politico it would boycott the annual White House Christmas party for the media, Sanders tweeted, “Christmas comes early! Finally, good news from @CNN.” More
They complain he doesn’t visit those poor troops and when he does, they accuse the troops of violating regulations. I get a headache trying to figure it out.
Any chance that CNN lost all objectivity? Leave it to CNN to find the negative in what should be nothing but a positive visit with the troops at Christmas time. A new low for even for CNN!