President Trump Donald John TrumpEx-Obama's National Security Officer: Trump Confuses "Troops Visit with an Election Rally" Watergate Prosecutor Compares Trump "Poor Me" – Tweet the end of the presidency of Nixon Trump showing no signs of a setback boundary wall, closure During his visit to Iraq MORE on Thursday, CNN snapped his report that he may have violated the Ministry of Defense's rules when he signed the "Hat America Great Again" caps for soldiers in Iraq.
Trump, who frequently attacked CNN during his presidency, wrote on Twitter that CNN and "others in the Fake News Universe" became "savage" after signing the hats.
"CNN and others were in the Fake News Universe I'm excited about my MAGA hats for our military in Iraq and Germany," he tweeted. "If these brave young people ask me to sign their hat, I'll sign, can you imagine saying NO, we did NOT bring or give hats, as the Fake News first reported!"
CNN and others were in the Fake News Universe I'm excited about my MAGA hats for our military in Iraq and Germany. If these brave young people ask me to sign their hat, I will sign. Can you imagine saying NO? We did NOT bring or give hats, as the fake news reported for the first time!
̵1; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 27, 2018
CNN's Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr suggested Wednesday that Trump may have signed the hats violated the Department of Defense's policy which prevents members of the active service from participating in partisan political activities.
"Active staff may not participate in political activities, and all military employees should avoid the conclusion that their political activities imply or appear to imply DoD sponsorship: approval or approval of a political candidate, campaign or Thing, "it says in the directive.
"Make America Great Again" was Trump's motto when he ran for President in 2016.
Conservatives, however, have accused CNN of what they have described as unnecessarily critical coverage of Trump, and accused the network of trying to reduce its Christmas visit to the troops. We also pointed out that Trump was not the first president to sign items for troops.
Former President Obama, for example, signed memorabilia for troops in Kuwait in 2008, says sfgate.com.
The White House earlier Thursday also hit CNN on the report, saying the network was ready to "attack anyone who supports President Trump"
. "CNN is ready to attack anyone who supports President Trump, including the brave men and women of our military who are struggling every day to protect our freedom," said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House Press Secretary, in a tweet.